3 killed, 32 injured in mall blast

People looking at the damage to the shop at the City One Megamall in Kuching after the explosion occurred. (Youtube screengrab)

PETALING JAYA: Three people were killed and seven critically injured following a gas explosion at City One Megamall in Kuching, Sarawak.

According to Bernama, the Fire and Rescue Services Department said the seven were among the 32 who were injured in the blast.

A witness, George Sting, 39, said the explosion occurred at a shop which was under renovation.

“I was purchasing a pizza in front of the shop (under renovation) when suddenly, a strong explosion occurred.

“The workers in the shop being renovated ran out, and some of them were seriously injured,” he told Bernama when met at the scene.

Grace Lee, 23, a sales assistant at a telecommunications outlet near the scene, said she was attending to a customer at her shop when she heard the loud sound.

“The management immediately made an announcement to inform visitors to get out of the shopping mall,” the news agency quoted her as saying.

Wina Simion, 46, said she was sitting nearby enjoying lunch with her family members when the incident occurred.

“We were shocked by the explosion from the store, which also caused our table to be thrown up,” she said.