Haifa gas explosion victim dies

National Infrastructures Ministry urges public to check gas canisters regularly.

April 3, 2006 18:54


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The man hurt in last Thursday's gas explosion in an apartment building in Haifa died Sunday from his injuries. Benjamin Rofshitz, a Holocaust survivor, had been in intensive care in Haifa's Rambam Medical Center since early Thursday morning when an explosion caused by a gas canister ripped through his apartment on the fifth floor of the building in the Neveh Sha'anan neighborhood.

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More than 20 other people were injured and the building's residents were relocated. Natan Kramaski, head of the National Infrastructures Ministry in Haifa, said the ministry was still investigating whether the cause of the explosion was the fault of Amisragas, the supplier of the gas canister, or carelessness on the part of the residents. He urged the public to check the condition and connections of their gas canisters regularly.

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