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City firefighters injured in gas explosion<p>Negligence and the incorrect storage of gas cylinders led to the injury of four City firefighters early this morning.</p><p>While I am grateful that the firefighting staff only sustained minor injuries, I am aware that the incident could have led to serious injury or even fatality.</p><p>Our Fire and Rescue Service responded to a fire at an education building at 05:00 in Proton Road, Belhar. The fire started in a pile of wood stored next to a steel container and, as in most instances, the contents of the building or structure is not reported unless the incident occurs during office hours and the caller is calling from the actual incident scene.</p><p>Radiated heat then spread to the steel container and ignited the personal protective equipment. The fire then spread to where the liquid petroleum gas was stored. The cylinder subsequently overheated and exploded. In this case the cylinders were stored in an area where they overheated because of the fire.</p><p>The City has indicated time and again, and as recently as Sunday, that negligence plays a role in a number of fires that our staff respond to. </p><p>I will be visiting the injured firemen this week. One of them 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.</p><p>The City’s fire fighters are a passionate team dedicated to saving lives and property. It can be a thankless job at times, but I salute them for their bravery and their commitment to keeping residents and the city safe. </p><p>Building safety in respect of fires has been in the spotlight in recent weeks. The City’s Fire Life Safety Inspectorate conducted nearly 1 700 building inspections in the last financial year and responded to 280 complaints. They issued 1 281 written notices for contraventions of the Community Fire Safety By-Law and two Section 56 notices to building owners to appear in court.</p><p>I appeal to the public to assist us by being more vigilant around flammable materials at all times regardless of the use of the building. Exercise caution when using, storing or handling equipment that could ignite or produce heat. </p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-09-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#c9a37481-28d8-4326-8fb2-8171e2dd5ce8;L0|#0c9a37481-28d8-4326-8fb2-8171e2dd5ce8|Fire and Rescue Service;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#d37f038d-719f-45ff-b7c1-e8bb0119e4c4;GP0|#6cb38735-cd3a-4227-b28c-9617ffeb8c74;L0|#06cb38735-cd3a-4227-b28c-9617ffeb8c74|Belhar;GP0|#f58faf55-8582-420e-ac46-eeb2f05bc6e6;L0|#0f58faf55-8582-420e-ac46-eeb2f05bc6e6|firefighter1

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