The explosion occurred near the intersection of Lilian Ngoyi (formerly Bree Street) and Simmonds streets in Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD) as of the evening of July 19.
Provincial authorities set up a Joint Operations Center in Mary Fitzgerald Square from where rescue operations are being coordinated. Law enforcement officials are evacuating residents near the explosion, while investigations are underway to determine the primary cause.
Egoli Gas Company said in a statement that it is unlikely that the explosion was caused by a gas pipe or leak.
Our network has not experienced any loss of pressure, which indicates that the gas pipelines are intact, the company said.