Durban - eThekwini Air pollution has issued a warning to residents living on the south of Durban to stay indoors following a factory fire that has caused low-level pollution.
According to the Department, the smoke can be hazardous and have urged residents in the Montclair, Merebank, Clairwood, Wentworth and surrounds to take cover.
At around 4:46am the fire department was called to a building that was engulfed in flames.
Jini Trading, a Chinese shoe manufacturing factory, situated in Brooklyn Road, Jacobs was engulfed in flames.
According to Zibuse Ngcece, the regional commander for Fire Department, when firefighters arrived on scene the flames were through the roof.
Ngcece said they managed to contain the fire but there is still smoke billowing out of the building.
Upon investigation, it was found that rubber and plastic in the factory caught alight.
According to Ngcebe 20 workers who had been working nightshift had to escape over the wall as they claim their supervisor had been asleep.
All managed to escape and there are no reported injuries.
This is a developing story.