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Blast victims in critical condition

Update: April, 14/2014 - 08:37
A worker, who was also a victim of an explosion at a factory in the southern Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, was taken to the hospital. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Duong

HCM CITY (VNS) — Three workers from the 10 hospitalised for suffering burns after a kiln exploded at a steel plant in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau are reportedly in critical conditions and undergoing special treatment.

The blast happened at Pomina 3 Steel Plant in Phu My Industrial Park No 1 in Tan Thanh District at around 7pm Friday night. The melted scraps from the blast hit and injured the workers who were sent to Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City for further treatment after first aid at local general hospitals.

The three, namely Hoang Thanh Thinh, 19, Nguyen Van Thai, 23 and Doan Le Phuong, 23, were seriously burnt from 61 to 85 per cent.

Doctor Ngo Duc Hiep of Cho Ray Hospital's Burns and Plastics Department said the patients received large burns and were suffering severe respiratory complications which required special ventilation support.

Of the victims, four had suffered minor burns and had been discharged, he said.

Hiep added that his department had received many cases of burns caused by kiln explosion or scrap explosion.

According to workers at the plant, the kiln has a capacity to melt more than 100 tonnes of steel and heats to over 1,000 degrees Celsius.

Police from the Ministry of Public Security are working with local police to investigate the cause of the explosion.

By midday Saturday, police were unable to reach the scene due to extreme heat. They expected to return to the scene to resume investigations today. — VNS


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