Two killed as fire breaks out after explosion at Cape Town refinery

Two people were killed and six injured after an explosion at an oil refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town, in the early hours of Thursday.
Two people were killed and six injured after an explosion at an oil refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town, in the early hours of Thursday.
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Two people — a man and a woman — were killed and six others injured after an explosion at the Astron oil refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town, in the early hours of Thursday.

The cause of the explosion is still the subject of an investigation, police said. Astron Energy South Africa said the incident occurred at its Milnerton refinery about 4am.

Emergency response procedures were immediately activated.

“The resultant fire has been contained and the plant is now stable,” the company said. “Our priority is to ensure the safety of all those on site and further information will be provided as soon as we have confirmed the details.”

Western Cape minister of local government, environmental affairs and development planning Anton Bredell said the situation was under control.

“The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue services responded immediately and were on the scene within minutes. The incident is reported to have been on the production side, not storage side.

“At this stage information is still coming in but there are no current concerns about pollution or increased risk for the community to be concerned about following from this incident,” he said in a statement.

Firefighters from the Cape Town fire and rescue department will remain on the scene until operations have been concluded, he added.

Residents commented on social media that they had been awoken by the explosion.



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