kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park employee succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, two days after a fire believed to be caused by a gas leak broke out in a communal kitchen at the facility.  

On Tuesday, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife acting chief executive Ntsikelelo Dlulane said the employee suffered 90% burn wounds when a fire broke out in the communal kitchen at the park’s staff accommodation.  The incident on 29 January was apparently the result of a gas leak.  The injured employee was airlifted to the Richards Bay Hospital by an Ezemvelo aircraft shortly after the incident, but she tragically died on Sunday.  Dlulane said the incident was reported to the provincial department of employment and labour and an internal investigation was also under way.  “The outcome of these investigations will not only determine the actual cause of the incident but will also make recommendations on how similar incidents can be prevented, Dlulane indicated.

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