Iran: 13 dead in explosion at Tehran medical clinic

First responders gather at the scene of an explosion at the Sina At'har health centre in the north of Iran's capital Tehran northern Tehran

A gas leak Tuesday at a medical clinic in Tehran caused an explosion that killed at least 19 people, according to Iranian state media.

Another Twitter user, Jahangir, tweeted footage purportedly showing people trapped in the building, commenting: "I CAN'T BREATH yells one of the entrapped people in a MRI center near Tajrish square, northern Tehran after at least 2 explosions in the building shocked the city".

The ensuing fire broke out at Sina Athar Medical Center in Iran's capital and state TV said firefighters battled and extinguished the blaze.

Some of the victims "were in upper floors in operation rooms, who were either patients being operated on or those with them", he said.

The blast at Sina At'har health centre caused damage to buildings in the vicinity and sent a plume of thick black smoke into the night sky, state television reported. "They unfortunately lost their lives due to the heat and thick smoke".

Three people were reportedly injured in the blast.

Deputy governor of Tehran has told local media that a possible gas leak led to a fire and explosion.

The clinic, which had 25 employees inside at the time of the blast, primarily carries out light surgeries and medical imaging, Harirchi said.

Fars news agency quoted the chief of emergency services who said 13 people died in the incident and six others were taken to hospital. No deaths or injuries were reported.

Parchin is a site suspected of having hosted conventional explosion tests applicable to nuclear power, which the country denies.



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