Indian worker injured in Malaysian factory fire

May 23rd, 2008 - 3:01 pm ICT by admin  

Kuala Lumpur, May 23 (DPA) An Indian worker suffered severe burns when gas cylinders exploded at a factory in the northern Perak state, police said Friday. The victim, along with two other workers, were refilling oxygen into the cylinders late Thursday when the explosion occurred, said a state police spokesman.

A total of 50 firemen managed to put out the fire about an hour later, district fire officer Nazri Zakaria was quoted as saying by the Star online news portal.

Thursday night’s explosion was the second such incident at the factory, the report said.

State health and environment chairman A Sivanesan said the government would investigate the cause of the explosion.

“The factory’s production has been temporarily suspended to allow investigations,” he was quoted as saying.

Police said the victim has been hospitalised for severe burns, but remains in stable condition.

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