Cape Town – Some streets in the Boland town of Worcester had to be cordoned off after a tanker transporting liquefied petroleum gas exploded near the industrial area of the town at 6.15am on Wednesday.
This led to four buildings in the immediate vicinity catching fire, but the driver of the truck escaped without injury. Luckily the factories nearby were closed at the time.
The inferno lit up the town and residents who live several kilometres away reported feeling a tremor from the blast.
Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell said the situation is currently under control, with firefighters having commenced with a damping down of the area.
“The Breede Valley Fire Department responded immediately and were on the scene within minutes. Three injuries have been reported, two firefighters with minor injuries and a civilian with burn injuries who has been admitted to the ICU.