An Atteridgeville school gas explosion claimed two lives and injured several others west of Pretoria.
The incident unfolded on Wednesday around 10:00 AM, sending shockwaves through the school community. Tshwane emergency services quickly responded to the catastrophe, recovering the badly burned bodies of two individuals from the scene.
According to Charles Mabaso, spokesperson for Tshwane EMS, the explosion occurred during repair work on two container classrooms. The deceased and injured victims were identified as contractor employees engaged in the repair project.
As the explosion ripped through the school, four individuals were injured and rushed to Kalafong Hospital for medical attention. The explosion’s impact was so severe that one of the container classrooms collapsed and ignited into flames, creating a chaotic and hazardous scene for responders.
In their swift response, firefighters managed to douse the flames that had engulfed the container classroom. Amidst the wreckage, they received information that one person was still trapped beneath the debris, prompting a race against time to rescue any potential survivors.
Subsequently, firefighters extinguished the fire, but the incident’s gravity prompted further investigation by the police into the circumstances that led to the tragic explosion and subsequent fire.
The Zodwa special school and the Atteridgeville community are left grappling with the devastating aftermath of this unforeseen disaster as the investigation seeks to uncover the factors that contributed to this tragic event.
Picture: Facebook / The Gauteng Department of Education
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