Empire Shopping Gallery Explosion

1:47:00 PM
Four people were injured while more than 300 people rescued and evacuated when an explosion occurred at the lower ground floor of the Empire Gallery shopping mall in Subang which houses the food court here early Wednesday.

Firemen from the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Department also rescued four other people who were trapped at the lower ground floor of the complex.

The injured, including a Nepali security guard and a local, who sustained cuts caused by falling shattered glass, were sent to the hospital for treatment.

In the 3.45am gas-piping explosion, the blast damaged two other floors in the complex. It also caused damages to the adjoining office block and studio apartment.

Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Department station chief Mohd Khairi Daud said firemen from Subang Jaya were assisted by their colleagues from PJ and surrounding areas in evacuating the hotel guests, numbering more than 300 people.

Firemen are now checking the structure of the building to ensure its safety.

Source : The Star

Daryl Chua (left) and girlfriend Hibbie Tan are seen outside the Empire Gallery in Subang Jaya, September 28, 2011. The two were slightly injured in the blast. — Picture by Choo Choy @ TheMalaysianInsider

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