Tuesday 16 January 2018

Irishman killed in supermarket explosion in Australia named

Explosion at Perth Mall
Explosion at Perth Mall
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

AN IRISHMAN who died following an explosion in a shopping mall in Perth, Australia has been named as Alan Cummins.

The 30-year-old died at the scene yesterday, while a second man died hours later from his injuries. Two other men were in a critical condition yesterday in the Royal Perth Hospital, suffering from serious burns.

The Department of Foreign Affairs told independent.ie they are providing consular assistance to the deceased's family.

An eyewitness, also from Ireland, described the chaos which ensued outside the Morley Galleria shopping centre following the early morning blast.

It is understood the cause of the explosion was a power transformer which exploded just after 9.30am local time.

All four men were employees and subcontractors of High Energy Service Pty Ltd, and were carrying out routine electrical maintenance at the time.

Construction worker Jonathan McDonagh, who is originally from Dublin, said he was driving in the area when he spotted three people running from the building.

He was among several people who helped the injured, using his shirt to try and put out the flames.

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