Two dead in suspected gas explosion at KZN house

2018-05-17 10:36

A man and woman were burnt to death after their house caught alight in Zamani, near Darnall, on the far northern KwaZulu-Natal coast on Thursday morning, IPSS Medical Rescue said.

"Neighbours reported hearing an explosion believed to be a gas bottle. When they went to the house, it was well alight and there was nothing they could do," said IPSS spokesperson Dylan Meyrick.

It is believed that the explosion happened just before 08:00.

Read: One dead, several injured in Cape Town warehouse blast

Firefighters found the bodies of the man, believed to be in his 40s, and a woman in her 20s inside the house.

Officials were on the scene.

UPDATE: Following the incident, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of SA (LPGSASA) informed News24 that the incident did not involve an LP Gas cylinder. 

"After talking to the safety officer at the Kwadukuza fire station, it transpired that the fire was not caused by a LPGas cylinder but rather by petrol.  Had the LPGSASA been contacted regarding this, we believe we would have been able to offer some perspective to this as an LPGas cylinder cannot simply 'explode'. If a cylinder was to rupture in could only be through sufficient exposure to intense heat being applied to the cylinder," the association said. 

Two people died in a suspected gas bottle explosion at a home in Zamani, KZN. (Supplied by IPSS)

(Supplied by IPSS)

(Supplied by IPSS)

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