A gas container explosion at an East China restaurant has killed at least 17 people

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A fire broke out at a restaurant in eastern China on Saturday when a liquefied gas container exploded, killing at least 17 people, local officials said.

The Wuhu city government said in its micro-blog that the blast occurred earlier in the afternoon at a small private restaurant in Wuhu’s Jing district. Wuhu is located in Anhui Province, west of Shanghai.

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The restaurant was located in an alley about 50 meters (yards) long, said a worker at a rice noodle restaurant beyond the scene of the blast.

“When the fire broke out, people from nearby restaurants rushed in and tried to extinguish it using fire extinguishers, but the smoke was high and it was very heavy and had already closed the door,” the worker said, giving only his last name, Wang, by phone.

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