Explosion at Durban hospital

2015-06-03 12:04
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Durban - An explosion at a Durban hospital injured one man and left three others needing treatment for smoke inhalation.

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Life Care spokesperson Leanne Nyiri said that the explosion on Tuesday afternoon did not disrupt services at Durban’s Westville Hospital.

The injured man sustained burns to his arms, face and torso, and is being treated in hospital.

"Three staff members who assisted him were treated for smoke inhalation,” Nyiri said on Wednesday.

She said that the man had been changing a circuit breaker when the explosion occurred.

She said that the hospital’s maintenance team attended to repairs, which were completed within a few hours. The hospital operated off a “backup supply of emergency electricity”.

She said the accident was being investigated.

Nyiri did not say where in the hospital the explosion happened, but News24 has learnt from a reliable source that the explosion took place in the sterilisation unit attached to the operating theatres.

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