Dbn car company fire still a mystery

2009-01-22 00:00

Forensic investigators have launched an investigation into the massive fire that destroyed hundreds of imported cars.

More than 200 cars went up in smoke when a fire broke out at Jakes Auto Export on the corner of Anton Lembede (Smith) and Roy Road on Wednesday afternoon. Fire fighters battled for hours to put out the blaze, which started on the fourth floor of the building and brought the city centre to a standstill. City officials including Mayor Obed Mlaba arrived at the scene while emergency services evacuated the building.

Jake Pandor, who owns Jakes Auto Export, said that while he was still in shock over the devastating fire, he was glad that none of his 20 employees were injured.

“It’s very difficult to come to terms with what has happened. We still don’t know what caused the fire and I’m hoping that the forensic investigators will give me some answers,” he said.

The cars were imported second hand cars from Japan and China.

Pandor said the vehicles were not insured and did not want to comment on the value of the burnt cars.

“I’m still trying to sort out things so I cannot comment on the value,” he said.

He said he has operated in the building for the past four years and this was first time he experienced a fire.

“It’s God will. I just have to be positive and make plans to move forward. The fire fighters and paramedics have been amazing and have really helped us,” he said.

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