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Man seriously injured, house damaged after Florida house fire



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.

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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.

PHOTOS: Man seriously injured, house damaged after Florida house fire
City of Joburg EMS extinguishes the fire. Photo: Roodepoort Record
PHOTOS: Man seriously injured, house damaged after Florida house fire
Emergency services on site. Photo: Roodepoort Record

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.

PHOTOS: Man seriously injured, house damaged after Florida house fire
Several cars damaged after an explosion and subsequent fire. Photo: Roodepoort Record

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.”

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Edited by Nica Richards. This article first appeared on Caxton Publication Roodepoort Record, by Jarryd Westerdale. Read the original article here

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