The gas cylinder explosion set fire to residential areas, injured dozens of people and destroyed many houses and vehicles.
The death toll from a gas cylinder explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah has risen to 15.
Thursday’s explosion collapsed houses and injured 16 people.
The search for the victims lasted 17 hours, Sulaymaniyah’s civil defense department said on Friday.
Firefighters managed to contain the blaze after a gas cylinder exploded in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region’s second-largest city.
“A total of 15 bodies were recovered from the rubble,” said Diyar Ibrahim, head of the Iraqi civil defense department, according to Iraq’s official news agency.
Ibrahim said the search operation continued into the early hours of Friday, adding that there were no more bodies under the rubble.
Saman Nader, the city’s emergency response chief, blamed a “gas leak in the fuel tank” for the blast.
Police said the fire destroyed several homes and destroyed at least five vehicles. It also said at least three houses were destroyed by the blast.
A cooking gas cylinder was installed on the roof of a house in a residential area.
Sulaymaniyah governor Hawar Abubek declared three days of mourning earlier on Friday. He added that at least one child was among the victims.
Masrour Barzani, the prime minister of the Kurdistan regional government, has ordered an investigation.
Infrastructure tragedies are common in Iraq, where security standards are poorly enforced.
At the end of October, a tank truck explosion Security forces say at least nine people have been killed and many more wounded in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
In April 2021, at least 82 people died and more than 100 were injured a big fire Improperly stored oxygen cylinders exploded in the coronavirus intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital.