An Irish refrigeration mechanic was killed when his van exploded in Darwin, Australia, days after a Melbourne man suffered the same fate
The 24-year-old refrigeration mechanic was killed when a gas bottle in his vehicle ignited as he started his van in the Darwin suburb of Parap. The explosion threw him across a roundabout onto the street, killing him instantly.
The huge explosion, which was reportedly heard several kilometres away, is thought to have set off other bottles in a large explosion that blew the doors off the man’s vehicle, blew out windows across the street and started a house fire.
Fire watch commander Shaun Murphy said one of the crew members heard the explosion from the fire station in the neighbouring suburb of Woolner.
The man’s death came just four days after 25-year-old refrigerator mechanic Joe Cosentino died when his van exploded in the driveway of his Mulgrave home.
Paramedics revived Mr Cosentino several times before rushing him to the Alfred Hospital, where he later died. The blast, shattered windows in as many as 20 nearby homes. It is believed Mr Cosentino kept about six gas cylinders in the van. Authorities were investigating possible faults as RAC went to press.