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UPDATE: 13 injured in Pinetown chemical explosion as firemen battle blaze

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Thirteen people have been transported to hospital after a chemical explosion at a company in Pinetown on Tuesday.

Smoke billows from a burning building at a business premises in Otto Volek Road in New Germany, Pinetown, on Tuesday.

DURBAN – At least 13 people have been injured in a chemical explosion at a company in Otto Volek Road in New Germany, Pinetown, on Tuesday.

Advanced life support paramedic Garrith Jamieson said there was a second explosion afterwards.

He said 13 people have been transported to various hospital for various injuries.

Jamieson said the eThekwini Fire Department has multiple units on scene tackling the blaze, adding that the strong winds were posing a challenge.

Some roads around the area have been closed to traffic.

On Friday, a similar incident took place when an explosion took place at the Engen oil refinery in Wentworth, Durban South.

One person was injured and six others were treated for smoke inhalation.