Rourkela: At least six persons were injured, including two critically, and around 15 houses gutted in a gas cylinder explosion in Telugu Basti near Madhusudanpalli here today

Those critical were rushed to Ispat General Hospital (IGH

Sources said a gas cylinder along with some fire crackers were stored in a house in the slum area which exploded due to unknown reason. Later, the fire engulfed the adjoining houses in the locality.

On being alerted, fire personnel and police rushed to the spot and started operation to rescue those trapped under the debris.

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