MULTAN: A four-year-old girl died and at least seven were injured as a passenger van caught fire following a cylinder blast near Basti Maluk on Monday, Express News reported.
The passenger van was on its way to Multan from Lodhran when it caught fire. The driver and the conductor ran away soon after the incident.
The deceased, identified as four-year old Aliza, died on the spot due to burn injuries.
A rescue team reached the area and controlled the fire. The injured have been taken to the Nishtar Hospital, Multan.
According to eye witnesses, the van driver was smoking a cigarette. When he threw away a burning matchstick, after lighting his cigarette, it caused the cylinder to explode.
Police have started investigation into the incident.