Preliminary investigation shows gas stove explosion caused Pomona shack fires

Ekurhuleni Emergency Services says there were no injuries or casualties from the fire that ravaged the Pomona informal settlement in Kempton Park.

More than 200 shacks were destroyed by the fire which officials say broke about between 6pm and 7pm.

Ekurhuleni EMS spokesperson William Ntladi tells Joanne Joseph that some residents have begun rebuidling.

Our preliminary investigation on the cause of the fire is that there was a guy who was busy cooking on a gas stove and he left the shack unattended and the pot started burning and the cylinder exploded.

William Ntladi, Spokesperson - Ekurhuleni Emergency Services

RELATED: Residents start rebuilding as fires still burn in Pomona informal settlement

The shack caught fire and spread into the entire informal settlement. However, the indepth investiagtion is stll ongoing.

William Ntladi, Spokesperson - Ekurhuleni Emergency Services

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