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Second toxic fumes man is named.

The second worker who died at a West Bromwich factory after being overcome by toxic fumes was named yesterday as Mr Gallium Sorer, aged 22, from Gravelly Hill Road, Erdington.

Mr Sorer was married and had a young child. His colleague, who also died during the leak at EGG Industrial Services, Black Lake Industrial Estate, was named shortly after the accident on Thursday as Mr Mantes Hussain, aged 42, from Ellesmere Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham. Mr Hussain was married with four grown-up children.

The two died so quickly that their bodies were "frozen" at the moment of death. One was on the telephone and the other was opening his lunch box.

Environment Agency experts traced high levels of methyline chloride in the building, an anaesthetic which can be fatal in large quantities.

The gas is believed to have been released as chemicals were mixed in a tank to make up a paint stripper.

"One possibility being investigated is that the gas has been released when a catalyst was added to the chemicals, that make up the paint stripper, to maintain the stripper's effectiveness," said Divisional Officer Dave Smethurst of the West Midland Fire Service.

"When too much catalyst is added the chemicals heat up and a vapour is released."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 21, 1999
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