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Tank truck fire: 79-y-o woman hoisted over fence to escape heat

Published: Friday January 10, 2014 | 3:37 pm Comments 0
Seventy-nine-year-old Doris Chen stands next to her Toyota Corolla car which was damaged when a  tank truck exploded and caught fire yesterday close to her home along Mona Road, St Andrew. – Photo by Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Seventy-nine-year-old Doris Chen stands next to her Toyota Corolla car which was damaged when a tank truck exploded and caught fire yesterday close to her home along Mona Road, St Andrew. – Photo by Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Doris Chen\'s Toyota Corolla car which was damaged when a  tank truck exploded and caught fire yesterday close to her home along Mona Road, St Andrew. – Photo by Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Doris Chen's Toyota Corolla car which was damaged when a tank truck exploded and caught fire yesterday close to her home along Mona Road, St Andrew. – Photo by Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:
Fright and terror were still on the face of 79-year-old Doris Chen as she recounted yesterday's gas truck explosion along Mona Road in St Andrew.


Chen who lives just metres away from the scene of the explosion was on her verandah when suddenly “day turned dark”.

“I saw some black smoke. I saw some shadows and then I called my helper to come and look where the black smoke was coming from. My helper went outside and came and told me let's go out the back,” Chen said.

Chen continued that she had to be rescued by a neighbour as it became too hot to handle.

Her sister and domestic helper also had to hop over the fence.

“I couldn’t climb the fence so a man was called to come and help me.

He said I should go on his back and he helped me to get over the fence. I could feel the heat. I was lucky I could get out because I can’t run,” the elderly woman said.

Her burnt roof, charred grass, melted water tank and damaged Toyota Corolla motor car are reminders of the moment of fright.

Next door, homeowner Patrick Cole suffered similar damage.

This morning, several members of the Mona community were busy collecting information and valuing damaged property.

Contractors from various utility companies were also working to restore power and telephone service to customers along Mona Road and adjoining areas who were affected as a result of the fiery incident.

Public Relation Officers of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks, who is also a member of the investigative team, could not say for certain how long it will take to complete the probe, but said it could take days.

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