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Cape Town refinery explosion claims 2 lives, others left injured

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Two people, a man and woman were killed, and six left injured after an explosion at Astron oil refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town.

The explosion took place at 4am on Thursday morning at Milnerton refinery. However, the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.


Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue services responded swiftly and were on the scene within minutes.

“The resultant fire has been contained and the plant is now stable. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all those on site and further information will be provided as soon as we have confirmed the details,” the company’s spokewoman said.

Western Cape minister, Anton Bredell said, the fire broke out has been contained and the situation is under control.