2 killed in oxygen tank explosion in Cotabato

By Albashir Saiden, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Dec 27 2012 09:46 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2012 05:46 AM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Two people were killed after an oxygen tank used for their balloon business exploded in Purok Pagkakaisa, Barangay Poblacion 2, Cotabato City on Wednesday.

The victims were identified as 27-year-old Jay Tribunalo and 14-year-old Dodong Jimlan, both residents of Davao City.

Based on the initial investigation of the Cotabato City Police, the oxygen tank exploded while the victims were using it.

"Nag-leak ‘yung tangke ng oxygen at maaaring may nagsindi ng apoy malapit dito kaya sumabog," said Sr. Insp. Alex Lanestosa.

Two houses were heavily damaged due to the strong explosion. A coconut tree was also toppled because of the blast.

Authorities said the blast left nearly P30,000 in damages.

Investigations are still ongoing.