13 hospitalised after Sea Point gas leak

2016-05-20 11:56
Emergency officials and others stand outside the site of the gas leak. (Supplied by ER24)

Emergency officials and others stand outside the site of the gas leak. (Supplied by ER24)

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Cape Town - A gas leak at a Sea Point building resulted in 13 people being taken to hospital and the area being evacuated, the City of Cape Town confirmed on Friday.

At 09:00 the City Parks building was evacuated after two men inhaled what smelled like chlorine, said mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith.

The area was cleared by law enforcement and traffic services and paramedics were on scene.

The surrounding roads, including Fritz Sonnenberg and Beach and Steven Ways, were closed.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said when emergency services arrived, several patients reported to have experienced difficulty breathing.

Chlorine stored on site

"ER24 paramedics and metro services set a triage area to assess all of the patients on scene. Forty-three people were assessed while a hazardous materials team was sent into the building to assess the situation."

The 13 people in need of further treatment were taken to the Groote Schuur and New Somerset Hospitals respectively. The remaining people on scene declined further treatment, he said.

Fire and rescue services spokesperson Theo Layne said the building housed the team responsible for the Sea Point swimming pool and that chlorine was stored at the site.

Hazmat technicians were currently ventilating the building and would advise when it will be safe for the employees to re-enter.

Authorities were on scene for further investigations.

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