Second person dies following Jacques Avenue explosion

October 20, 2016
Firefighters carry out cooling-down operations after the explosion on Jacques Avenue in the Mountain View area of St Andrew on Sunday.

The police a short while ago confirmed that a second person succumbed to injuries received in the Jacques Avenue explosion on Sunday.

The deceased, 14-year-old Sanjay Williams of a Mountain View, St Andrew, address, died this morning at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

His death follows that of 48-year-old Everett Austin of Jacques Avenue, Kingston 3, who succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

According to the Mountain View police, at about 2:35 p.m. on Sunday, persons were illegally filling compressed gas cylinders from a storage tank attached to the back of a motor truck.

It is reported that during the extraction process, one of the cylinders caught fire and subsequently exploded.

The blaze resulted in three other persons being hospitalised for serious burns. There was also major damage to several properties.

Three units from the fire department responded to the blaze.

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