A Commercial Oven Exploded In Sydney CBD And Two People Are Seriously Injured

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1. At 11:39 AEST we received reports of a gas explosion in Sydney CBD. This is what we know so far…

2. A man and a woman have suffered serious burns to the hands and face after the gas explosion at The Gardens cafe in Sydney’s CBD.

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3. Witnesses to the explosion report hearing a loud popping sound and seeing flashes of flame.

4. Sydney Fire Inspector Charles Begley told the assembled media: “In layman’s terms it would be (considered) a flash burn. Witnesses experienced a tremor and just a flash of flame.”

6. About half a dozen witnesses remain at the cafe and are speaking with authorities. WorkCover will open an investigation into the incident.

About half a dozen witnesses being interviewed at The Gardens cafe on George and Bridge St #WynardExplosion

— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef)

7. How the story unfolded…

I have confirmation was gas explosion caused by leak to kitchen's oven system. Caused "flash burns" to two employees #WynardExplosion

— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef)

The male and female employee have suffered "flash burns" to hands and face. Taken to hospital and both stable #WynardExplosion

— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef)

This person does not look good. They seem stable covered in special burns material #WynardExplosion

— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef)

BREAKING: One person wheeled out of building with serious burns Wynard

— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef)

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Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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