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Smoker Liu Wende was blown 20 feet out a window when he lit up in bed and ignited leaking gas which had filled his whole apartment in southern China.

Liu, 32, from Chengdu, Sichuan province, explained to rescuers: "I lit a match and heard a tremendous rushing sound. The next thing I knew I was waking up in the garden. My clothes were on fire and there was burning bed linen lying all around me."

Gas company officials say a small leak from a fractured pipe had been filling the flat all evening.

"He's lucky he lived on the ground floor or he wouldn't be alive today," said a spokesman.

Paramedics say Liu is recovering from burns, cuts and blast wounds.

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