One person was killed after being entrapped in a vehicle following an explosion in a shop in Middelburg on Friday afternoon.

THE BODY WAS RETRIEVED LATE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON

According to ER24 said paramedics arrived at the scene shortly before 13h00.

It is believed the fire started at around 12h00.

“Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly before 13h00 and found the fire department on the scene trying to fight the blaze.

“Upon further assessment, a person was found trapped inside a bakkie. Unfortunately, the patient sustained fatal injuries and was declared dead at the scene.”

One killed in an explosion in a shop in Middelburg
Photo: ER24

It is understood that an explosion occurred in a shop whereby the wall collapsed and fell on the bakkie trapping the patient.

“The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not known to our paramedics.”

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On Friday evening, firefighters were still battling the fire that broke out on the corner of SADC and John Magagula Street.

A TOTAL OF 15 STORES WERE RANSACKED AND ATM’S BOMBED

Meanwhile, the Mpumalanga police have launched a manhunt after 15 stores were ransacked and ATMs were bombed at Acornhoek Mall in the early hours of Friday morning.

According to Colonel Donald Mdhluli, police were called to the scene around 02:00 after a group of armed people attacked the mall.

He said it was also revealed that a group of suspects were busy looting items at the shops.

“Police officials indicated that on their way to the scene they heard gunshots coming from different directions and called for backup. Upon arrival at the scene, they found that the suspects had fled.”

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The group is believed to have gained access to the mall by breaking down its main doors.

Mdhluli said the suspects also reportedly detonated certain explosives to have access to cash at the safes as well as ATMs.

“The suspects then fled the scene with the stolen items, including an undisclosed amount of cash.”

Mdhluli urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the Branch Commander of Acornhoek SAPS, Lieutenant Colonel Albert Manzini, on 0823189925 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.

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