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Gas blast sparks fears over building’s safety

Bahrain News
Tue, 12 Apr 2016
By Sandeep Singh Grewal


Bahrain: A businessman whose two shops were damaged in a gas explosion says he now fears for the safety of the building.

It happened at the Bint AlDeera Restaurant in Daih on Sunday morning, destroying the outlet and causing major damage to neighbouring businesses.

Two people were injured and the force of the blast brought down signs, shattered glass storefronts and damaged an SUV.

Bahraini Isa Hassan, who owns a cold store and electrical shop that were both damaged, said major repairs were needed.

“It’s not safe for other shops in the same building because the force of the blast has affected the
structure,” he told the GDN.

“I don’t know who is going to compensate us for all the losses, but at the moment we want the building to be repaired immediately because there are big wall cracks.

“The restaurant opened three months ago and people were storing gas cylinders inside, rather than keeping them
outside.”

He added that if the explosion had occurred later in the day there could have been major casualties. 

“If this blast had happened later in the day more people would have been injured because it’s a popular restaurant in the village,” he said.

Nobody was in the restaurant at the time of the explosion, but Danat Alameerah Coldstore employee  Babul Naras Chand was struck by flying glass.

“It was around 6.40am when I went outside to put fruits and vegetables outside the cold store,” said Mr Chand, from Bangladesh.

“There was a huge explosion and all I could remember was the restaurant’s signboard flying across the road.

“I started to run away from the cold store because of shattered glass pieces flying all over.

“People from other shops came outside and told me I had cuts on my face.”

He said he was lucky to be alive and could have suffered more serious injuries if he was inside the shop at the time.

“There was broken glass everywhere and the wall has cracked inside the cold store – it looks like it will collapse any moment,” he said.

“If I was sitting inside the glass pieces would have directly hit me.”

Another man, a Bahraini, is also understood to have sustained hand and facial
injuries.

Civil Defence cordoned off the premises after the explosion and temporarily cut power supplies as a precaution. However, all businesses except the restaurant were open yesterday. 

sandy@gdn.com.bh

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