Friday 17 November 2017

Irish man dies in supermarket explosion in Australia

One other man killed and three injured at incident in Perth mall

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

An Irish man has died following an explosion in a shopping mall in Perth, Australia.

Two men died and three other people were injured.

It is understood the blast rocked the Galleria mall in one of Australia's main urban areas at 9.30am local time.

A man died at the scene and three others with serious burns injuries were taken to a local hospital.

One of those has since died and another of the blast victims has received treatment for smoke inhalation.

Six other people suffered non life threatening injuries and were treated at the scene.

It is understood the cause of the explosion was a power transformer which exploded.

Police Inspector Rob Harrison said the exact cause of the incident had not been established - but he confirmed the dead and injured people had been working in an area near an electrical transformer.

"We believe that they possibly working within that transformer area of the shopping centre," he said.

A spokesperson for the shopping centre management described the incident as ''tragic''.

He said part of the mall would remain closed until investigations are completed.

"We are focussed on doing all that we can to assist emergency services and as such we are unable at this stage to comment any further.

"Our thoughts are very much with those involved and their families at this time."

He said regular maintenance work was being carried out at the time of the accident.

The Department of Foreign Affairs told they are providing consular assistance to the family.

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