Rescuers drain fuel tank to recover factory blast victims


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  • Sunday, 05 Nov 2017

Inferno: Firemen fighting to contain the blaze at the cement factory in Rawang.

PETALING JAYA: Some 725,000l of fuel was drained from an oil storage tank at a cement factory in Jalan Kuang, Rawang, before the remains of three men who fell in during an explosion could be recovered.

Yesterday, firemen finally retrieved the bodies of Mohd Ziehafizan Abd Rahman, 28, Zamri Adenan, 35, and Baskaran Thanakodi, 49, after an all-night operation.

The three men were carrying out maintenance work on the 4.3m-high tank at around 4.15pm on Friday when the explosion happened.

Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Ali Ahmad said the fuel hampered firemen from gaining access into the tank, adding that they started draining the tank at around 10pm on Friday.

By 2pm yesterday, recovery efforts were still ongoing. “Thirteen oil tankers were used when draining the fuel,” he said.

One of the accident victims, said ACP Ali, was a supervisor while the others were technicians. The remains of the three were sent to the Sg Buloh Hospital for post-mortem.

The Fire and Rescue Department, he said, was still investigating the cause of the fire.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohd Sani Harul said the last body was recovered at around 6pm yesterday.

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