Shocked members of the public looked on with disbelief as the body of a technician from Fire Suppression & Electrical Systems lay sprawled on the ground following a loud explosion from a fire extinguisher yesterday.
The deceased together with his colleagues were on a trip in Maun where they were servicing BTC fire alarms, fire extinguishers and hose reels.
One of the technicians, Dennis Madiehe (27), told the police that the deceased had gone to their car that was parked in front of BTC office to refill the fire extinguisher.
When he heard a loud bang from the direction of the car, Madihele says he went to investigate only to find his colleague lying unconscious on a pool of blood.
The deceased was said to have sustained deep wound on the chest and another on the right side of the abdomen due to the impact of the explosion.
He was then rushed to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital where he was certified dead.
Acting station Commander, Assistant Superintendent Borefeletse Papane confirmed the incident but said investigations were ongoing. “Next of kin have since been notified and the deceased’s body is still awaiting post mortem at the hospital. We’re conducting investigations on the matter to established if there was any form of negligence,” he said.