3 dead in car workshop explosion

29th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

29 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Three people were killed and a fourth seriously injured in an explosion at the car body works Freddy Caen in Oekene on Wednesday.

29 June 2006

BRUSSELS — Three people were killed and a fourth seriously injured in an explosion at the car body works Freddy Caen in Oekene on Wednesday.

The dead have been identified as two mechanics, including a 16-year-old boy working in an apprenticeship, and a cleaning lady.

The garage owner was taken by helicopter with serious burns injuries to the Ghent academic hospital.

His condition according to the Kortrijk public prosecution office is critical.

Glass shards and stone also injured two children playing nearby.

The explosion occurred shortly before 5pm at the spray painting workshop on the Sint-Eloois-Winkelsestraat in Oekene.

The resulting shockwave hit houses in a 150m arc. Windows were shattered, roofing tiles blown off and roll-down shutters destroyed.

Two houses were rendered uninhabitable, including the garage owner's home, and 20 others were badly affected.

Several metal beams and pieces of debris from the garage were flung dozens of metres away.

The scene of the accident had not yet been given the all-clear by investigating police on Thursday.

Forensics experts are investigating the cause of the blast, but the most likely explanation is an explosion in or near a gas tank.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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