Taichung City. Road construction workers hit an underground gas pipe, causing a fire that injured three workers, one of whom suffered burns to 15-20% of his body this afternoon. Firefighters stood by and sprayed the area with water for over three hours while the gas company searched for a shut-off valve.
Flames were seen spurting over 6 meters high just meters from a residential building, while firefighters could do little but attempt to suppress the ambient temperature to prevent the fire spreading to the buildings.
The Taichung City Fire Department received a call at around 3:00pm, and the fire was eventually extinguished at 6:44pm, after the gas company finally located the shut-off valve.
The three injured workers are being treated at Taichung Veteran’s Hospital and are said to be conscious, and their lives not in danger.