x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Gas leak theory in Mirdif blast

Civil Defence officials believe an explosion in Mirdif, which has severely injured four teenage girls, was caused by a gas leak.

DUBAI // An explosion which ripped through a family villa in Mirdif, seriously injuring four teenage girls, is believed to have been caused by a gas leak, according to Civil Defence officials. The girls, all believed to be aged between 14 and 16, suffered first and second-degree burns in the the blast on Friday night. They remain in induced comas at Rashid Hospital's intensive care unit, where the are being treated for their injuries. Police were expected to reveal the results of a preliminary investigation later today. But Civil Defence told The National this morning it appeared gas had leaked from a cylinder and was most likely ignited by the spark from a light switch. *The National