Intense blaze guts Mountain Rise home

2012-07-12 00:00

A HOUSE in Ohrtmann Road, Mountain Rise, was gutted by fire yesterday afternoon.

Attempts to speak to the home owner were unsuccessful.

The intense fire gutted the interior of the house, burning through three bedrooms, a kitchen and a dining room. Only one room survived.

The interior of the house was badly damaged and the roof caved in.

David Chilliba of Msunduzi Fire and Rescue said the fire started just before 4 pm. When the fire-fighters arrived they found the house engulfed in flames and it took them about five minutes to put the fire out.

“At this stage we do not know what caused the fire. We are waiting for the fire prevention unit to investigate.”

Chilliba said it seemed the fire had started in the middle of the house. “We found fire coming through the window in the middle of the house and the roof in the middle was mostly where the damage was.

“There were no injuries; when we arrived there was no one in the house. The owner of the house told us he lives with other people, and there had been no one inside the house when the fire started. He was told by neighbours that his house was on fire.”

Fire-fighters had to keep watch on the fire as it was still smouldering and spontaneously breaking out in some parts of the house.

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