Two persons were killed and four others were injured in a fire caused by a gas explosion at Zodwa Special School in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.
The incident was reported at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, according to City of Tshwane emergency services spokeswoman Thabo Mabaso.
“The department responded to the fire incident resulting from a gas explosion at the school on Maunde Street in Atteridgeville and firefighters arrived on the scene to find a collapsed structure of container classrooms that was on fire,” said Mabaso.
He stated that they had been notified that one person was still trapped within the burning crates.
“A badly burnt and charred body of a male person was discovered during firefighting operations. A second body of which the gender could not be determined was later discovered as operations continued.”
He stated that four more people were taken to Kalafong Hospital before the emergency department arrived.
“It is alleged that the four injured and two deceased are employees of a contractor that was to do repair works on two container classrooms.”
He stated that the fire was afterwards quenched and that the location was turned over to authorities for further investigation into what caused the explosion and fire.