least 14 people were killed and about 100 more injured after a fire broke out at an oil pipeline in central Burma, a government official said on Monday.
Authorities were battling to put out the blaze, which appeared to have been ignited accidentally by local villagers who were collecting oil leaking from the pipeline near Pakokku town in the Magway region.
“At least 14 people were killed,” said the official, who did not want to be named. “There could be more casualties.” The blaze began after about 200 villagers started collecting oil from the leaking pipeline yesterday and lit a flame to see in the dark, according to the official.
A local resident in Pakokku said “many people” were believed to have been taken to two local hospitals. The official said the authorities had shut down the 32-km long government-owned pipeline after the fire started.