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People, animals rescued from KZN fire

2012-02-02 08:02

Durban - Twelve people were injured and five animals were rescued following a factory fire in Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, emergency workers said.

The fire broke out at 15:00 in a polystyrene factory, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

"Paramedics and the fire services arrived at the scene to find the building in flames," he said.

Medics treated 12 people for smoke inhalation.

A firemen and a paramedic were alerted to animals trapped in an alley next to the burning building.

"The enormous heat from the fire had melted the guttering on the block of flats and made the rescue of the two dogs and three cats difficult," Botha said.

Nevertheless the emergency workers were able to free the animals.

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Comments
  • carpejugulim - 2012-02-02 08:27

    Noddy Badges to the emergency workers for freeing the animals too

  • darkangelBDF - 2012-02-02 08:59

    I couldn't be happier to read this. This is what being human is all about. Kudos to the rescuers!

  • Sandile Ngiba - 2012-02-02 09:19

    I saw everything from the train station bridge including the people of Indian descent from the factory being rescued to a bus.

      yashlyn.govender - 2012-02-02 10:25

      You got it wrong Sandile, Those were workers from the other factories taking their transport back home.

  • Billy - 2012-02-02 10:12

    Well done to the emergency workers for freeing those trapped animals!!!!

  • Samantha - 2012-02-02 10:22

    thank you for remembering the animals :)

  • delia.james.vermaak - 2012-02-02 11:33

    WELL DONE for getting the animals out !!! ***CLAPPING***

  • Shannon - 2012-02-02 13:39

    Quadruple thumbs up to the rescuers for their efforts and for not forgetting the animals. Super Stars :)

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