JOHOR BAHRU: A man was killed after a Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) cylinder exploded at a petrol station in Taman Mount Austin here this afternoon.
Johor Bahru Civil Defence Department officer Lt (PA) Mohd Aziz Jupri said in the 3pm incident, the victim, Mohd Faizal Mazlan, 33, a worker at the station, was believed to be nearby when the cylinder exploded.
“We have yet to zero-in on the cause, the Fire and Rescue Department is still investigating…what we know is a NGV cylinder exploded,” he told Bernama via the WhatsApp application.
The victim’s body was sent to the Sultan Ismail Hospital.
Meanwhile, a witness, Lum Chee Hong, 30, who stays at an apartment near the petrol station, said he heard a loud explosion at 2.53 pm.
“I was at home listening to music, suddenly there was a loud explosion. I immediately went to the balcony to see what was happening,” he told Bernama.
Lum, whose apartment is on the fifth floor, said he then saw flames at the petrol station and very soon many others had come out of their homes to see what was happening.
He added that he also saw firemen bringing the victim out while the others fought the blaze.