14 dead in India pipeline blast

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Pipeline blast: A state-owned gas pipeline exploded early today in Nagaram, India, killing at least 14 people and sparking a massive fire that destroyed homes and forced the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, authorities said. Vandana Chanana, a top official of the state-run Gas Authority of India Ltd, said 14 people died and 15 others were injured in the fire following the explosion in the pipeline in Nagaram village in the state's East Godavari district. "The fire has been extinguished now and rescue operations are on," Chanana said. The injured had been taken to nearby hospitals where doctors said the condition of at least six of them was critical, company officials said.

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