A person suffered severe burns after an explosion sparked a house fire in Florida, Roodepoort, on Saturday.
Roodepoort Record reports the injured man was throwing a birthday party for his daughter when the fire broke out at his home.
Eyewitnesses said the party was drawing to a close and while parents were collecting their children, a large explosion could be heard from inside the house.
The city of Johannesburg EMS, Emergency Control South Africa and ComMed were on the scene and the fire was extinguished about two hours after the explosion.
The injured man was taken to hospital, two other people had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The blast, the source of which has not yet been determined, destroyed a significant portion of the family home, as well as four cars parked in the driveway.
Mention reports that neighbors have provided the family with temporary facilities as they recover from the incident.
City of Joburg EMS spokesman Robert Mulaudzi told the publication that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“We encourage all our residents to be aware of all appliances that can cause fires in their homes and not to leave them unattended while they are in use so that we can prevent a fire in their homes.”