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Man killed in pub explosion

Posted by: Yvette Gray | 16 June, 2014 - 6:17 AM
Ambulance Victoria

A man has died following yesterday's gas explosion at a hotel in Rochester, north of Melbourne.

Two men were in the cellar of the hotel, working on a refrigeration unit, when an explosion occurred, around 1.30pm yesterday afternoon.

The men suffered extensive burns and were flown to the Alfred Hospital.

A 34-year-old man from Rochester has since died.

A 52-year-old man remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Police and the Victorian Workcover Authority are investigating the incident.

John Mullen from Ambulance Victoria said the men suffered burns to 40 to 50 per cent of their bodies.

"The main concern was to their airways," he said. 

"They had suffered burns to their airways, which obviously interferes with their breathing.

"They were incubated, which means they were put into a coma and their breathing was taken over for them.

"They were stablised and then transported by air ambulance to the Alfred Hospital."

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