Worker injured in platform fire dies
BATON ROUGE - One of four Filipino workers injured in an explosion and fire on a Gulf oil platform died today, according to the Phillippine Embassy.
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., said in a press release that Avelino Tajonera passed away early this morning.
He said Tajonera's wife and three children arrived late last night from Manila, and were able to see him before he died.
Tajonera was one of four workers being treated at Baton Rouge Genral's Regional Burn Unit after the explosion last week. Ambassador Cuisia said family members of the other three workers were also in Baton Rouge and able to see their loved ones.
Tajonera's death bring to two the number of fatalities in the November 16 explosion and fire that also left three other Filipinos seriously injured and one missing. Ellroy Corporal, 42, died in the incident while Jerome Malagapo, 28, has still not been found.