Fridge explosion injures canteen worker
The incident at the North West Regional College (NWRC) in Derry led to the evacuation of part of the building in Strand Road at around 8.30am.
A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) confirmed that three appliances had attended the incident and said: “A refrigeration unit had exploded in a first floor canteen in the building. Using gas monitors firefighters confirmed that no gases were present. Firefighters isolated the power and ventilated the area. There was no fire.
In a statement, the NWRC said it was due to “a failure in one of the aisle chilling units in the Tower canteen.”
A female member of staff was taken to A&E with minor injuries sustained during the incident and has since been released.
No other details have been revealed and the incident is now being investigated by the Health & Safety Executive of Northern Ireland.
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