Three people were injured following a fire started outside a factory in Germiston, Gauteng, yesterday afternoon. This after a blast at a Pinetown factory in KwaZulu-Natal, Zeta Cosmetic, few days ago in which 12 people were injured.
On Friday, seven people were injured in an explosion at the Engen Refinery in Wentworth, Durban.
When paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 3pm in Germiston, ER24 said, a triage area had been set up outside the building.
’’Three people sustained injuries. Two were airlifted by medical helicopter to hospital for further medical care, while the other was transported by road to hospital. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not known to our paramedics, but local authorities were on scene for further investigations,’’ ER24 said.
As hundreds of people gathered outside the Engen refinery main gate in Tara Road on Wednesday morning, demanding that the plant be shut down, KZN MEC for the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Ravi Pillay, has given management at the Pinetown factory 14 days to compile a report detailing the cause of a blaze at its plant.
He asked that the report explains how Zeta Cosmetic factory management plans to clean up the area and outlines measures it will take to contain pollution of the environment. Pillay said the department was assessing the environmental impact of the fire.
The DA’s spokesperson for Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Dave Bryant, has called on the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, to urgently investigate the explosion as well as Friday’s explosion at the Engen Refinery.