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Tshwane firefighters work to control fire at manufacturing plant


News24
8 Mar 2021

  • Firefighters in Tshwane saved a factory from complete destruction on Sunday afternoon after a fire broke out in the electrical transformer manufacturing plant.
  • According to emergency services, the fire was contained around 18:30, and firefighting operations were completed after midnight.
  • It was established that a fire had broken out in one of the 90 kVA transformers.

Firefighters in Tshwane saved a factory from complete destruction on Sunday afternoon after a fire broke out at an electrical transformer manufacturing plant.

According to Tshwane Emergency Services, the District Commander in the Fire and Rescue Operations Division saw a cloud of dark smoke in the direction of the Pretoria West industrial area while driving with her command aide from a house fire in West Park around 17:00.

She ordered her aide to drive in the direction of the smoke to investigate and found the factory ablaze.

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"Upon arrival at the gate of the factory on the corner of Buitekant and Carl Street, they discovered smoke and visible flames coming out of an industrial plant.

"She immediately ordered the dispatch of firefighting resources by radio to the Emergency Call Centre," emergency services spokesperson Thabo Charles Mabaso said.

"According to information provided on-site, it was established that a fire had broken out in one of the 90 kVA transformers. It was also established that there were various hazardous and flammable substances (transformer oil, kerosene, paint, liquefied petroleum gas, oxygen, acetenyl, etc.) of various quantities in the factory."

fire, factory fire The fire that broke out at a electrical transformer manufacturing factory in Tshwane. Supplied

Mabaso said that firefighters started dousing the fire from the south-western part of the building in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to the eastern and south-eastern parts of the building.

Tanker

Firefighters also had to protect the northern parts of the building as that area houses two 14 000-litre tanks of kerosene, two 33 000-litre tanks of transformer oil, and a 30 000-litre trailer tanker.

"The south-eastern part of the building has a core cutting plant and a small transformer manufacturing plant, which were saved from the blaze.

"Several high-voltage transformers that were either completed or near completion and a control room in the main plant were destroyed by the fire."

The fire was contained around an hour-and-a-half later and firefighters continued to fight the blaze until after midnight when cooling off and the elimination of hotspots were completed.

fire, factory fire The fire that broke out at a electrical transformer manufacturing factory in Tshwane. Supplied

"The extent of the damage has not yet been quantified and the exact cause of the transformer catching fire remains a subject of investigation. Firefighting teams continue to monitor the plant for any possible flare-ups," Mabaso concluded.

Source: News24

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