Worker thought blast caused by firecrackers

Seeking clues: Forensics officers checking the scene to identify the cause of the gas explosion at a factory in Puchong. — Bernama

PUCHONG: A witness to a blast at a factory that killed two people was working when he was startled by a deafening sound.

The welder, who only wants to be known as Chen, said he initially thought it was firecrackers.

“I went out to check and saw parts of the ceiling on the trees and a raging fire at the factory. Together with others, we rushed to help and saw the mangled bodies.“I was afraid to enter the premises and only helped outside,” he said when met by Bernama at the site of the blast.

During the incident at the factory in Jalan Utama 2/26, Taman Perindustrian Puchong Utama, two people were killed while two others suffered injuries.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director Ahmad Mukhlis Mukhtar said the explosion, which occurred at 10.14am yesterday, was caused by a high concentration of acetylene gas.

Deadly scene: A fireman putting out a fire after the blast at the factory. — Photo courtesy of the Fire and Rescue DepartmentDeadly scene: A fireman putting out a fire after the blast at the factory. — Photo courtesy of the Fire and Rescue Department

“Ventilation efforts at the site are still ongoing,” he said in a statement, adding that medical personnel were at the scene to assist injured victims.

Subang Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Mohd Fairus Jaafar confirmed that two foreigners were killed.

“Initial investigations showed that the factory has been operating for 10 years. It has an operating licence under the local council,” he said.

The two injured are currently being treated at the Sultan Idris Shah Hospital in Serdang.

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