TEHRAN, Iran — An explosion from a fuel leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 individuals, Iranian state TV reported Tuesday.

Authorities initially stated 13 individuals had been lifeless, however Jalal Maleki, a spokesman for the Tehran Fire Department, later advised state TV that the toll had risen to 19.

The state-run IRNA information company quoted Mr. Maleki as saying the lifeless included 15 ladies and 4 males. Mr. Maleki added that firefighters had rescued 20 individuals.

Video posted on-line appeared to indicate a couple of explosion and thick black smoke rising from the flames.

Hamidreza Goudarzi, a deputy Tehran governor, advised state TV {that a} leak from medical fuel tanks in the constructing was the reason for the explosion and an ensuing fireplace.

People in close by Tajrish Bazaar rushed to the scene, impeding a rescue operation, authorities stated. Videos on social media confirmed individuals gathered exterior of the constructing.

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