Cape Town - Early Wednesday morning explosions rocked Worcester after a gas tanker crashed on the High Street on the edge of the town’s industrial area at about 6am.
Johan Botha, the Breede Valley Municipality public relations officer, said: “The gas tanker jackknifed and crashed and this was instantly followed by a fire and five or six explosions. Two other vehicles at the scene were completely burnt out. We are not sure about any fatalities at this point.
“Seven buildings with several businesses inside them have been severely affected, but fire services are on the ground there and the fire is now under control,” said Botha.
More than 30 firefighters are believed to have taken part in the efforts to contain the fire which stemmed from the explosion in Worcester’s industrial area.
Elton Greeve, a businessman in the area, tweeted a picture of the damage caused and said: “Retail and agri-businesses damaged by the fire.”