An explosion in a Kuching megamall has killed 3 people and left 41 injured – here’s what we know

An explosion occurred at CityOne Megamall on Dec 4.
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Three people died and 41 were left injured on Tuesday (Dec 4) in an explosion at CityOne Megamall in Kuching, Sarawak, New Straits Times (NST) reported.

Out of the injured, four were seriously hurt, NST said.

The incident at 3.35pm is believed to be caused by a leaking gas cylinder.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department chief Khirudin Drahman reportedly told NST that initial investigations revealed that the gas tank which exploded was being used for welding work at fast food restaurant Nene Chicken.

Khirudin also said that the three casualties were killed when the walls collapsed on them after the explosion, Malay Mail reported.

According to New Straits Times, Khirudin said that more than 30 personnel were dispatched upon receiving a distress call.

The deceased were identified by the Civil Defence Department as Sarawak natives O Kui Lim, 49 and Tchee Kiam Jong, 24, as well as Chin Hsien Loong, 29, from Penang.

According to Khirudin, two of the deceased were employees of Nene Chicken, which was undergoing final preparations for its opening the next day.

The other was a construction worker involved in renovations at the premises, New Straits Times reported.

Many netizens have expressed disbelief, sorrow and condolences for those affected by the tragedy.

Following the explosion, the mall’s management said on its Facebook page that the mall would be closed with immediate effect until further notice.

Nene Chicken also took to Facebook after the incident. In a post, the restaurant said it would provide updates to the incident.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident,” it said.