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Coolstore fire inquiry in doubt

October 19, 2009

….The explosion and fire were caused by a leak of the highly flammable gas Hychill Minus 50 which is 95 per cent propane.

Labour Department, Fire Service and Waikato District Council, which
handled building consents for Icepak’s Tamahere plant, were all unaware
that the gas was being used.

Coolstores Ltd has admitted using the gas as a refrigerant without
complying with safety requirements but has said it did so unwittingly.

Mr Matenga said that should he conduct an inquiry it could involve an assessment of regulations….

….The guilty pleas may lead to compensation for victims of the fire.

the hearing at which the guilty pleas were entered, Judge Robert Spear
noted that compensation would be discussed at a restorative justice
process to occur before Grattan and the two companies are sentenced in

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