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3 dead, 14 trapped as blast rocks canteen in China’s Chongqing

Rescuers search for trapped people after a canteen collapsed in Wulong district, Chongqing municipality, Jan 7, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

CHONGQING – Three people were killed and 14 remained trapped on Friday after a blast rocked a canteen of a subdistrict office in Wulong district, southwest China's  Chongqing municipality.

The accident took place at 12:10 pm as suspected gas leak triggered the explosion and caused the collapse, trapping 27 people inside. 

According to witnesses, people were having lunch in the canteen when the blast took place

As of 6 pm Friday, 10 people were rescued and three were found dead. Rescuers are still looking for the 14 others trapped in the damaged building. 

According to witnesses, people were having lunch in the canteen when the blast took place. 

Rescuers transport a trapped person after a canteen collapsed in Wulong district, southwest China's Chongqing municipality, Jan 7, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Ministry of Emergency Management has dispatched a workgroup and several experts to guide the rescue efforts. 

More than 150 firefighters and professional rescuers as well as a group of rescue dogs are racing against time to search the trapped people.