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Steam boiler explosion kills two at paper plant

Update: November, 13/2015 - 17:50
The steam boiler explosion kills two early Friday morning in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — A steam boiler exploded early on Friday morning at the My Xuan Paper Plant in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, killing two workers, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Initial investigations by the local police and relevant authorities said the incident occurred around 12:30am when a group of workers from the Nam Thanh Nguyen Ltd. Co. were directly operating the Biomass steam boiler system. The company is in charge of operating the boiler system of the paper plant which is owned by Sai Gon Paper Joint-Stock Co. located in My Xuan A Industrial Park, Tan Thanh District.

The Biomass system consists of three boilers with a total working capacity of between 25 and 30 tonnes.

Boiler No 3 blew up, claiming the lives of the head of the work shift, Nguyen Thanh Long, who was standing close to the boiler and worker Nguyen Van Chung, who was standing at the fuel-supplying area for the boiler.

The explosion also caused damage to the surrounding areas and set off fires.

Worker To Van Tu immediately informed the competent authorities and called for help from the on-the-spot force to extinguish the fire and rush the victims to hospital.

Long and Chung were hospitalised at the Tan Thanh District's Emergency Centre but died shortly after. Another worker suffered from minor injuries.

The fire was extinguished at 2.30am. Further investigation is on to identify the cause of the explosion cause. — VNS

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