Qodratollah Ashrafi, head of the regional gas company, told IRNA gas leak was reported to his office by water and sewage (Abfa) officials and his men were immediately dispatched to the area.
He added Hashem Amani, an employee of the gas company, was killed on the spot and his colleague Massoud Heidari was badly injured following a huge explosion.
The company's experts are studying the event, said Ashrafi, adding that the reason behind the explosion will be announced later.
Colonel Ebrahim Ardestani, the district sheriff, said two Abfa personnel and a local person were killed and four of the wounded are in critical conditions.
"Akbar Shadi, Ebrahim Karimi, and Asghar Nikcheh were the trio, who lost their lives on the spot," added the colonel.
He said some 50 houses and 10 shops received serious damage and the glasses, one km off the place, were shattered.
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