Warning: These areas are affected by toxic resin smoke in Durban

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Emer-G-Med paramedics, together with additional emergency services, responded to the scene of a factory fire in Balfour Road in the Jacob’s area south of Durban during the early hours of Wednesday morning, 25 August 2021.

While Emer-G-Med stated that no injuries were reported, eThekwini Municipality has issued a statement explaining that it is aware and is attending to the fire incident that began at the KZN Resins Factory in Jacobs.

“The City’s Fire and Emergency Services remain on-site to extinguish fire on smoldering debris. While operations to control the fire are underway, there is toxic smoke being emitted from the factory.”

Areas affected include Wentworth and Merebank, but due to a change in wind direction, Clairwood, Montclair, Bluff, and Mobeni may also be affected.

As a precautionary measure, eThekwini Municipality says residents are advised to close their windows and doors and to put wet cloths over ventilators until the smoke clears. “Residents are further advised to refrain from outdoor activities in impacted areas.”

Officials will be on site until the situation is resolved. The public will be informed in the event of new developments.

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