DURBAN – A chemical fire in the industrial basin of Durban late on Friday afternoon left residents coughing and battling to breathe, according to community members.
The fire occurred at Safripol, a fibre plant based in Jacobs, south of Durban, that manufactures polyethylene terephthalate resin and polyester fibre.
Rescue Care’s Garrith Jamieson said paramedics were called to the factory fire at about 4pm. “Fortunately no injuries were sustained, however the fire department and all necessary role players were in attendance.”
By 6.30pm, residents from the Bluff and Umbilo areas had reported "a strong plastic smell", he said, as a strong wind carried the fumes over a wide area.
Residents from as far as 10 kilometres away told African News Agency (ANA) they had experienced the stench.