Zambo canning firm boiler machine explodes, 1 dead, 2 hurt

A BOILER machine exploded inside the steam section facility of Southeast Asia Canning Corporation in Zamboanga City shortly before noon yesterday killing one company worker and injuring two others.

The blast took place inside the SACC facility at Zone 1 in Bgy. Talisayan, Zamboanga City at 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

Assistant boiler operator Zacarias Rico, a 49-year-old resident of Dumagsa area in Bgy. Talisayan, died on the spot.

The wounded were head operator Francisco Dumagal, 39, and safety officer Mark Anthony Villaflores, 28.

Dumagal and Villaflores were brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Police Regional Office 9 director Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Luis Licup said the three were repairing an industrial steam machine when it exploded.

Steel shrapnel from the exploding machine hit the victims.

Licup said the damage to property was initially placed at P1.5 million.