Man dies in gas explosion

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One person died and two others were taken to hospital yesterday, when an explosion ripped through a gas cylinder plant on an industrial estate.

Emergency services evacuated the south-west London business park and nearby housing estate after fire raged through the factory, owned by the British Oxygen Company. BOC Gases later identified the dead man as employee Anthony Mulry, 29, who was married and lived in Surrey. Bob Pirie, spokesman for the company, said the company "deeply regretted" his death. He added: "The explosion occurred during a routine gas cylinder filling process ... nothing like this has ever happened before. It was a freak occurrence."