Alberton gas pipeline catches fire: Several nearby families evacuated

Alberton gas pipeline catches fire: Several nearby families evacuated

- A massive evacuation has taken place in Alberton, Ekurhuleni after a gas pipeline ignited

- Thankfully, no injuries or fatalities have been reported, according to an emergency services spokesperson

- The primary fire has been contained, with efforts underway to contain a second fire

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Citizens have been evacuated after a gas pipeline caught fire in the Ekurhuleni region.

News24 reports that those within a 500-metre radius were forced to leave the scene when the fire broke out.

Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Services Management spokesperson Eric Maloka says that the fire department had been on the scene in a flash.

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The fast reaction ensured that no injuries or fatalities occurred, with emergency personnel working to extinguish a second fire that broke out nearby.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the pipeline was initially thought to be a Sasol pipeline, but a spokesperson has confirmed otherwise. It is now suspected that the pipeline is part of a Transnet network.

Take a look at some scenes from the incident that saw several families evacuated below:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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