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Monday 11 December 2017

Irishman dies in explosion at Perth mall

Explosion at Perth Mall
Explosion at Perth Mall

AN Irishman has died following an explosion in a shopping mall in Perth, Australia.

Two men were killed and three people were seriously injured in the incident.

It is understood a power transformer exploded near where the men were working at the Galleria mall in Morley, Perth, at 9.30am local time.

One man died at the scene and three others with serious burns were taken to a local hospital where one of them died later.

The Irishman who died was named locally as Alan Cummins from Dublin, who previously studied at Institute of  Technology Tallaght.

Six other people suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at the scene.

Police Inspector Rob Harrison said the exact cause of the incident had not been  established.

“We believe that they were possibly working within that transformer area of the

shopping centre,” he said.

A spokesman for the shopping centre management described the incident as “tragic”.

“We are focused on doing all we can to assist emergency services, and as such we are unable at this stage to comment any further,” he said. “Our thoughts are with those involved and their families at this time.”

He said regular maintenance work was being carried out at the time of the accident.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family.

hnews@herald.ie

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