Motorists and pedestrians have been urged to avoid the Apex area in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, due to a chemical factory currently on fire.
According to reports, the Shield Chemicals factory in London Road is currently ablaze.
APEX FIRE 🔥: Hi All, there is a fire in Apex, Shield Chemicals. Fire department has asked that Apex be evacuated up to radius of 3 km pic.twitter.com/2os5LbQY46
— East Rand Traffic (@PeeMoTraffic) October 21, 2021
Shield makes interior and exterior car cleaning products.
The fire apparently started just after 9 am on Thursday morning.
SHIELD CHEMICALS in London rd is on fire
9 London St, Apex, Benoni, 1501
Not strike related
— BlueHawkTactical (@Bluehawktactic1) October 21, 2021
Social media reports indicate those within a 3km radius have been urged to evacuate.
Motorists please avoid APEX, Benoni, so as to minimize traffic to allow emergency services to go through. There is a massive fire at the Shield chemicals factory on London Road. pic.twitter.com/B3CWOQKWVz
— SA Trucker (@rsa_trucker) October 21, 2021
Jacaranda News reported that the fire has since been contained, and that no injuries were reported.
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