Three people were killed and three others injured when a gas cylinder exploded at an ice factory in Khar, Bajaur Agency on Saturday.
Abdul Haseeb, a senior political administration officer, said at around 1pm, a cylinder exploded in Farooq Ice Factory creating a huge fire that engulfed the entire building.
He said he rushed to area to monitor the rescue work and informed the fire brigade. “We took the four injured people and two charred bodies, whose identities could not be confirmed, from the rubble to the Agency Headquarters Hospital (AHQ),” he said.
Paramilitary troops confirmed that it was not a terrorist attack. They added that a fire had erupted in the compressor room due to a leakage. They reported that the cooling plant outside the room remained safe.
Medical Superintendent at the AHQ, Dr Muhammad Riaz, said that the factory’s owner Farooq Khan identified the dead as Rehmat Ali and Saddam Hussain and the injured as Ghani Rahman, Faroosh, Muhammad Zada and Imran, residents of Khar.
Imran was shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar where he succumbed to his burn injuries.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2012.