Malabon paper mill blast hurts six persons, destroys 5-story building, houses

July 10, 2010 10:32 pm 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, July 10 – Six persons were injured in a predawn blast that almost totally destroyed a 5-story building inside a paper mill compound in Malabon City, Saturday.

Sr. Supt. Roberto Villanueva, Malabon City police chief, said the explosion at about 3 a.m. Saturday came from the 5-story carbon and nitrogen plant inside the Globe Paper Mills compound in Barangay Potrero, which is near Governor Pascual Avenue, the city’s primary highway.

Villanueva said four of the six injured were working inside the plant when the blast happened while the two others were not cleared yet whether they were workers of a nearby subdivision and a textile firm.

All six victims are now in a stable condition at the nearby hospitals.

Villanueva said another building inside the paper mill compound and some houses in nearby Golden Ville Subdivision and textile plant Lucky Blue Corp. were also affected by the explosion.

Investigators were still trying the exact cause of explosion as they question the plant owners why they prevented fire trucks and policemen to immediately enter the compound.

Villanueva said that a mechanical defect from the mill’s carbon dioxide and nitrogen plant might have triggered the blast.

He also said police will also determine whether there was negligence on the part of the plant owners. (PNA)

RMA/PFN

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