Firemen quell 28 fires in one day


Exhausted and braving difficult weather conditions the fire department’s team working with four engines moved efficiently from blaze to blaze on Wednesday – in one of the hottest days experienced this year.

The fires were fuelled by high temperatures, strong winds and dry conditions.

“Four units were dispatched into the various parts of the city.  All fires including those in Woodlands, Bellevue and Northdale were successfully extinguished by 4pm. Fortunately there were no injuries or fatalities,” said Fire Department Deputy Chief Jugathesan Padayachee.

Padayachee added that despite being under pressure for most of the day to extinguish fires, their main objective was to promptly respond to all fire alerts.

“The department is always available to ensure our city and residents are safe,” he pointed out.

The deputy chief has urged residents to be alert to any recurring fires within the city.

“We will still be on high alert for further outbreaks,”said Padayachee.

Raging fires blanket city in smoke

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha, said that the disaster management team was also on high alert, especially after the spate of fires due to warm temperatures.

“ The city has been experiencing high temperatures and provision has been made with the fire department to attend to fires if any should occur again,” she said.


Bongeka Sibisi

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