PERTH, Australia (AFP) – An explosion in an electrical transformer room at a shopping centre in the west Australian city of Perth has left two men dead and two others badly burnt, authorities said Tuesday.
Western Australia police said a 30-year-old man died at the scene while three other men were taken to Royal Perth Hospital with serious injuries.
“Tragically, one of the three men taken to hospital has since passed away,” police said in a statement.
Witnesses spoke of their horror at seeing the men, thought to be working in an area near the electrical transformer, come running out after the morning explosion.
“I came driving in and saw three people come running out… they were on fire,” Jonathan McDonagh told Australian Associated Press, saying he tried to help the injured, taking off his shirt and using it to put out the flames.
“I had the radio on and didn’t hear the bang, but I saw a puff of smoke.
“One fella was dead on the ground. I saw another moving around, obviously not OK. I gave him a good helping hand, as much as I could.
“They were really burnt badly.”