Explosion rips through cabin

A 52-year-old Tumut woman has been flown to Concord Hospital with serious burns to about 50 per cent of her body after an explosion tore through a cabin at the Riverglade Caravan park this morning at about 11.30am.

Investigators were on site yesterday working to determine the cause of the explosion, which tore through walls, blew out the glass door, including the frame, and left glass, furniture and other debris strewn outside.

Tumut Inspector Winston Woodward said while it was likely the blast was a gas explosion, that would be determined following investigations.

“It’s too early to speculate at this stage,” Insp. Woodward said. “Whether a stove, hotplate, or gas heater has been left on, and what triggered the blaze, I can’t say.

“That will be up to the investigators to determine.”

The heat of the blast melted plastic items inside the cabin.

The woman suffered burns to various parts of her body.

Police said the woman, who works for a company contracted to clean the caravan park, entered the cabin at about 11.30am when the blast occurred.

Following the blast, witnesses rendered assistance to the woman, who walked her down to the nearby river before paramedics arrived.

She was treated for some two hours by ambulance officers and a doctor at the scene.

The woman was placed in an induced coma and an intravenous drip while emergency personnel continued to treat her. The Snowy Hydro Southcare Helicopter was called, landing on site.

The woman was subsequently transported to the burns unit at Concord Hospital in Sydney for further treatment.

Emergency personnel at the scene said the woman was lucky to have survived the blast.