12 hurt in Laguna LPG blast

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An LPG tank accidentally exploded in Barangay Longos, Kalayaan, Laguna on Wednesday, leaving 12 persons injured.

According to Rommel Palacol, Laguna Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council action center head, there were six children among the 12 persons reported injured in the incident.

The victims were rushed to Gen. Cailles Hospital in Pakil town, Laguna as they suffered first and third degree burns.

Palacol identified the victims as Richard Sr, Richard Jr, Jennalyn Mae, John Efren, Ester, Jing-jing, Roderick, Princess Chloe all surnamed Belgica.


The other victims are Aira Thea Endiente, Geraldine Villanueva, Bernadette Berin, and Daisy Likigan.

Police Insp. Roselle Orate, Laguna police information officer, said there was a power outage at the house of the victims.

The tank exploded when Roderick Belgica lit a candle and then the tank caught fire and exploded.

Families are reminded by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to regularly check LPG tanks.

In a separate interview, BFP Regional Director Senior Supt. Sergio Soriano Jr. said households must know how to inspect LPG cylinders for leaks.

He advised the public to avoid using cylinders with dents, rust and with improper painting.

“The public should also check (for) corroded footing and bottom cup,” said Soriano.

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