Four people have died following an explosion of an oil reservoir at a factory at Roodekop in Germiston on Gauteng’s East Rand.

Emergency Services says the deceased were doing maintenance on site on cooking oil tanks when the incident happened. Ekurhuleni Emergency Services spokesperson, William Ntladi says it is not clear whether the deceased were the employees at the factory.

“On arrival we found that a web of tanks about 24 of them were engulfed by flames. We managed to contain and extinguish the blaze as emergency services using amount of water together with foam. And after extinguishing that we identified and we can confirm four bodies that were burnt or charred down as a result of this fire.”