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Factory halts operations after deadly blast

The Global Gases Factory in Cape Town has put its operations on hold following a deadly blast.

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CAPE TOWN - As authorities continue their investigation into a deadly gas explosion at a factory near Durbanville, the company says it has put its work on hold.

Two people including an Indian national died in Wednesday's blast at the Global Gases Factory at the Atlas Business Park in Contermanskloof.

Two others are in the intensive care unit in hospital after they had their legs amputated.

The company's Attorney Michael England says the business is closed for now.

“At the moment, we’ve got contractors on site securing the loose roof panels that have been damaged. The Department of Labour has indicated we are not allowed to do any work on the site where the actual accident happened.”

A compressor exploded at the building just before 4pm on Wednesday.

The explosion blew out parts of the walls and the roof.

The Department of Labour and disaster management officials are investigating the cause of the blast.

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