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CapeTownlogoANA reports that four firefighters were injured after a gas cylinder exploded in a container at an education building in Belhar in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  

In a statement, City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said the explosion happened because of the improper storage of gas cylinders.  A pile of wood next to the container caught alight and quickly spread to a steel container, causing the liquid petroleum gas stored there to overheat, causing the explosion.  Smith indicated:  “One of them [firefighters] was inside the container at the time of the explosion and was taken to hospital suffering from disorientation.  A learner firefighter was thrown backwards and sustained minor injuries when a metal post landed on his left leg, and the station commander suffered a bruise on his forehead, bleeding from his mouth and second-degree burns on the back of his head.”

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