services had quickly evacuated residents but were still sending out alerts to
the public to stay away from the area until the inferno was contained.
At this stage the cause of the blaze has not yet been established, but
police have indicated that the road tanker that initially caught alight is owned
by a company called IBS.
Beeld reports that there were no confirmed
reports of injuries, but three workers were believed to be missing late last
night after the explosions.
Indications at time of going to press were
that three people who we! re working on the tank that first exploded were
unaccounted for. This could not be confirmed, however, and Beeld learned that
emergency workers could not find any bodies. There were no other reports of
While emergency teams battled to put out the inferno at Island
View 4, residents were forced to look for alternative accommodation.
Although several police officers were tasked to evacuate the area, many
curious residents preferred to line the nearby streets to “catch some of the
A resident, who did not want to named, told The Witness that
she was with her children when she heard a very loud explosion.
windows rattled when the first explosion went off, but then there was a louder
explosion and then a somewhat softer one. Then I heard screeching of tyres and
saw that the taxis from the nearby taxi ranks were speeding up the road. I
didn’t know what to think. I thought it could be a bomb,” she said.
She ! said her teenage son had fallen off a chair on their patio when he
he ard the explosions.
“We have been living here since 1996 and this
is the first time [something like this has] happened and I hope it never happens
again. It was a terrifying experience. I didn’t know whether to leave the
house and run or just stay indoors.” she said.
Douglas Kraek was in a
taxi returning from work when the explosions occurred.
“The taxi just
shook. I didn’t know what was happening. All I could think about was my family
at home in the flats. I looked to the sky and all I could see was black smoke
and then I started to panic,” he said.
Kraek’s family was taken to a
local church where hundreds of other families were being housed.
want to see what’s going on because it is our houses down there. I was told to
just sit here until police tell us where we should go. Yes, I am sleepy and will
probably not wake up for work,” he said.
ER24’s Derrick Banks told
The Witness that it was too early t! o estimate how many people had been
evacuated. He reported that there were no fatalities or injuries.
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