Investigation launched into Sasol fire

Officials from Sasol and the Ekurhuleni emergency services were investigating the cause of a fire which...

An emergency services officer enters Sasol’s solvent plant in Germiston where a fire broke out. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

Officials from Sasol and the Ekurhuleni emergency services were investigating the cause of a fire which broke out in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gauteng at Sasol’s solvent plant in Germiston on Thursday.

Several explosions went off following a chemical leak but luckily only one person was slightly hurt.

Sasol’s Jackie O’Sullivan said the probe into the explosion could take some time.

“The next step in this investigation will be to remove the product from the tankers."

The fire broke out in the company’s loading bay but was quickly extinguished.

Ekurhuleni emergency services’ said the product they were looking for was ethanol, which is very dangerous and highly flammable.

Witnesses told Eyewitness News that they heard several explosions that lasted for minutes and prompted them to run outside and investigate.

Business people in the area also praised Sasol for the manner in which they kept the fire from spreading to other areas.