13 people of different ages sustained burns, as a result of the explosion of two private houses today, Monday, in the municipalities of Baydha Bordj and Ain al-Kbira (south and north of the province of Setif), according to a statement by the civil protection services.
The official in charge of information and communication in the Directorate of the Regular Corps, Captain Ahmed Lamamra, confirmed that the civil protection teams of the municipality of Ain Azal (south of Setif) intervened this morning in Machtaat Ouled Si Lakhal, located in the municipality of Baydha Bordj, to transport two women (30 and 54 years old) to the Youssef Allawi Hospital in Ain Azal, after a private house consisting of two floors (ground floor + upper floor) exploded.
The explosion caused the almost total collapse of the building, which occupies an area of about 100 square meters, and the collapse of parts of a neighboring building (a ground floor covering an area of 100 square meters) owned by the brother of the owner of the first house, as it was indicated.
According to the same source, for their part, the civil protection unit of Ain al-Kbira (north of Setif) also intervened in the same morning for a second explosion of a private house in the neighborhood of Khalifa Sayari in Ain al-Tawila, in the municipality of Ain al-Kbira.
The accident left a 38-year-old housewife with burns of varying degrees, with windows and doors shattered on the ground floor of the building, which occupies an area of 90 square meters and consists of a ground floor and two upper floors, according to Captain Ahmed Lamamra.
The person in charge of information and communication at the Civil Protection Directorate of Setif stated that the possible cause of the two explosions was the city’s gas leakage from the internal distribution network of the two houses.