Highrise ethanol tank exploded, killing three in Khon Kaen

Three people were killed after a 20-metre high ethanol tank in the ethanol production factory of Thai Nguan Ethanol Public Company Limited in None Sila district of Khon Kaen province exploded this morning.

Ban Phai charity rescue team said two persons died on the ground and another body was stuck on the lid of the ethanol after the blast.

He was believed also killed, a rescue worker said while calling in crane to the scene to pluck the body from the lid late this morning.

The incident happened at about 9.30am today.

The rescue team said the three men were going up the ethanol tank to repair it's lid with electric welder.

But as they were repairing the lid, the tank exploded sending two of them to fall from the 20-metre high tank to the ground.

They died on the ground, while their colleague was stuck on the lid, and believed dead.

At press time rescue worker with crane were still trying to plug the body from the tank.

The explosion was believed to cause by electrical spark from the welding machine.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)