The chemical manufacturing company was engulfed in flames as highly flammable substances, combined with heavy winds, made it a nightmare for firefighters to battle the blaze.
“The product we were dealing with was mainly sanitiser, which was 70% alcohol. We had petroleum jelly, acetone and various other chemical products in the facility.
“The wind was a contributing factor. We managed to extinguish the fire about 4pm,” he said.
About 115 employees were on site when the fire started. At least 13 people were hospitalised, seven who had suffered injuries while the rest had smoke inhalation.
He said they suspect the fire was started by a product that was recently delivered.
“Some product was delivered and it was suspected to have been leaking. It was transported with a forklift, and the fire started at the forklift. I'm not sure if the fire was started by the forklift.
“There’s a rumour that there was industrial action that started it, but to our knowledge the fire started at the forklift. I don’t want to speculate as it is under investigation,” he added.