Blaze causes major damage

2015-03-27 00:00

DAMAGE caused by an inferno that razed two factories in Durban yesterday was expected to run into millions.

The cause of the blaze, which originated at the Africa Sun Oil cooking oil factory on South Coast Road and then tore through a neighbouring paint factory, was unknown.

While only one worker and three firefighters sustained minor injuries during the blaze, smoke emanating from the flames could be seen from as far away as Amanzimtoti.

KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said that the fire began at around 5 am and while the majority of the flames had been contained by 10 am, small explosions could still be heard from inside the factory.

“One person was injured and was treated by paramedics,” said Mckenzie.

He said firefighters had sustained mostly minor injuries and some were taken to hospital.

The blaze raged for several hours and yesterday morning the intense heat could be felt from across the road.

Mckenzie said after the smoke had cleared, it was discovered that large sections of both properties were severely damaged, with tankers, trucks and equipment scorched by the fire visible through the main gate.

Burnt and twisted metal roof structures could also be seen from the road side.

While the emergency and rescue teams worked at the scene, South Coast Road was closed to traffic.

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