Taipei--Twelve people were injured in a gas explosion at a food factory in New Taipei's Wugu District Wednesday.
The explosion occurred at the central kitchen run by a Taipei-based company specializing in producing food for women on postpartum nourishment diets under the brand name of Yu Shan Fang (???).
The 12 injured -- five men and seven women -- were sent to several hospitals in New Taipei and Taipei for treatment, according to New Taipei firefighters.
A man at his 50s suffered from burns that covered 27 percent of the skin on his face, back and upper limbs and was rushed to the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in New Taipei, the firefighters said.
The hospital later reported the man as being in stable condition.
The patient was under close observation in an intensive care unit after undergoing intubation, the hospital said.
The other injured were mostly suffered from lacerations, according to firefighters who responded to the incident.
The New Taipei Fire Department said during its preliminary investigation that it found the explosion was probably caused by gas leaks as workers reloaded bottled gas.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel