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Gas explosion at Ettamohah paper mill killed two workers while another is  fighting for life

A second worker has died and a third is fighting for life after a horror gas explosion at a paper mill.

A 36-year-old man died in hospital overnight after the incident at Norske Skog paper mill, Ettamogah,9News reported.

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A 28-year-old worker who was found unconscious at the site Thursday afternoon had already died in hospital shortly after.

A 22-year-old employee is in a critical condition at Albury Base Hospital. 

 

A second worker has died and a third is fighting for life after a horror gas explosion at a paper mill leaving hundreds evacuated (pictured)

The toxic fumes killed a 36-year-old man and 28-year-old worker, who died in hospital, after the incident at Norske Skog paper mill, Ettamogah (pictured)

The toxic fumes killed a 36-year-old man and 28-year-old worker, who died in hospital, after the incident at Norske Skog paper mill, Ettamogah (pictured)

A 22-year-old employee is in a critical condition at Albury Base Hospital after the toxic explosion Thursday afternoon where 18 other were taken to hospital from the mill (pictured)

A 22-year-old employee is in a critical condition at Albury Base Hospital after the toxic explosion Thursday afternoon where 18 other were taken to hospital from the mill (pictured)

About 150 employees were evacuated from the mill near Albury, on the Victoria-New South Wales border, and about 18 people were rushed to hospital however 14 have been discharged.

Four people – three staff and one contractor – are believed to have been working about 15 metres above ground on top of an indoor water tank to check valves, Border Mail reported. 

Norske Skog Albury mill general manager Milo Foster said ladders and ropes had to be used to bring down three of the workers who fell unconscious. 

‘They were apparently all overcome, to varying degrees, by a gas, we think it’s hydrogen sulphide,’ he told the publication.

‘One of the employees issued a “man down” alarm and people came to help get them out.’

Emergency crews from Victoria and NSW rushed to the scene mid afternoon after the chemical, known as rotten egg gas, filled the site.

Four people - three staff and one contractor - are believed to have been working about 15 metres above ground on top of an indoor water tank to check valves 

Four people – three staff and one contractor – are believed to have been working about 15 metres above ground on top of an indoor water tank to check valves 

Emergency crews from Victoria and NSW rushed to the scene (pictured) mid afternoon as the chemical, known as rotten egg gas, filled the site

Emergency crews from Victoria and NSW rushed to the scene (pictured) mid afternoon as the chemical, known as rotten egg gas, filled the site

The leak was reportedly caused by an explosion on the NSW side of the border inside the mill, according to the Herald Sun. 

Firefighters were on scene ventilating the Norske Skog mill – which is a major employer for the district.

‘Someone’s lost a father, parent or son. And it’s really tragic,’ Albury Mayor Kevin Mack told ABC News. 

A spokesman for the mill told Daily Mail Australia the site was closed down while WorkSafe investigates.

It is not yet clear how it leaked. 

A spokesman for the mill told Daily Mail Australia the site was closed down while WorkSafe investigates and investigations into the cause continue

A spokesman for the mill told Daily Mail Australia the site was closed down while WorkSafe investigates and investigations into the cause continue



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