Worker killed in bunker tank blast

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


CAMP OLIVAS -- A worker was killed while another one is in serious condition when the bunker tank of an asphalt plant exploded in Barangay Paligui, Apalit town on Tuesday.

In a report, Superintendent Homer Penecilla, chief of police of Apalit, identified the fatality as Ernesto Alvares, 60, of Subic, Zambales.

Still undergoing medical treatment at the Mother Theresa of Calcutta Hospital in the City of San Fernando is Elmo Oplas, 44, of Barangay Sto. Niño, San Simon town.

Penecilla said the victims, who are workers of the 4B Construction Corporation, were installing pipes at the top of the bunker tank using a welding machine when the explosion happened.

According to reports, the heat from the welding machine might have caused the explosion.

A fire started after the explosion, causing the victims to suffer from serious burns in different parts of their bodies, Penecilla said.

The victims were immediately taken to the Apalit Doctors Hospital, but Alvares was declared dead on arrival due to severe burns.

Oplas was later transferred to Calcutta for further medical treatment.

Firefighters from Apalit and nearby towns helped put out the fire which lasted for an hour, Penecilla said. (Ric Sapnu)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 23, 2013.

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