Boshoff Street garage and convenience store gutted by fire

2010-01-12 00:00

THE Duzi Convenience Centre and garage in Boshoff Street was gutted by fire in the early hours of yesterday morning, which caused damages running into an estimated R1,5 million. The garage will have to close for several weeks while repairs are undertaken.

The co-owner and the manager of the garage, Paul Gething, said they will try to get the petrol service part of the garage running by today.

Gething said they did not have a clear indication of what started the fire that left the internal structure of the garage completely destroyed.

The fire burnt through the kitchen and scorched most of the cooking equipment; it also burnt through the convenience food part of the garage causing substantial damage to the goods.

He said according to reports, the fire started at about 1 am yesterday.

The three staff members working at the time were uninjured as they were able to get out of the burning building. “The staff on night shift said they just saw a thick smoking coming from the cooking area so they executed the emergency plan and got out,” he said.

Gething said because the fire had damaged their electric cables they could not even operate the petrol pumps.

“We estimate that we will be closed for several weeks at least, however by tomorrow (today), the filling part of the station should be in working order.”

Anton Procter another co-owner of the garage praised the response of the Msunduzi Fire Department. “There are always these bad reports about the fire department, however, they responded promptly this time.”

Rodney Trenam, a fire specialist at the Msunduzi Municipality, said although they were still looking for the cause of the fire, they had isolated it to the grill in the kitchen. The fire had spread from there.

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