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Pretoria man seriously injured after a generator exploded in his face

A man suffered serious injuries when a generator exploded in his face while trying to switch it on in Moreletapark, Pretoria East.

The man’s home was also gutted and his two cars damaged. It is said there was load shedding in the area when the incident occurred on 2 July.


Volunteer Emergency Medical Response Unit (VEMRU) spokesperson Casper Visser said the man was taken to hospital with serious burn wounds to the face and limbs.

The man is said to have been spared the worst injuries because he quickly jumped into the swimming pool extinguishing the fire from his body.

The patient then reportedly received advanced life support intervention and was transported to a nearby hospital by Netcare 911.

An explosion in one of the Rand Water pumps in Pretoria West.
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“No one else was injured because the rest of the family and the pets managed to escape. The house was seriously damaged and it is not in a good condition at all. City of Tshwane firefighters also arrived to extinguish the blaze just as it entered the main house, saving most of the house,” Visser said.

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Visser said the family also lost two cars and many other items in the house. He added that the cause of the explosion and the fire is not yet known, however, investigations are underway.


In April this year, also in Moreleta Park, an elderly couple suffered Carbon Monoxide poisoning from a generator due to load shedding. The couple were both unconscious and collapsed.

According to Emer-G-Med emergency services, on arrival it was found that an elderly man and woman were overpowered by the fumes of their generator that was running during load shedding.

Both patients collapsed in their garage after the wife attempted to assist her husband, who she found slumped over their generator.

“The wife managed to crawl to safety and alerted her security company, who activated Emer-G-Med. Both patients were treated on scene by Emer-G-Med paramedics, before being transported to hospital in a stable condition.”


ALSO READ: Load shedding: Pretoria elderly couple suffers Carbon Monoxide poisoning

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