Cape Town SPCA charity shop gutted by fire

2014-11-14 13:16
The burnt remains of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA's charity shop. (Facebook)

The burnt remains of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA's charity shop. (Facebook)

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Cape Town - The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has been hit with a devastating blow after its charity shop burned to the ground on Friday morning.

According to the charity’s Facebook page the fire was reported at around 03:00, when a motorist noticed smoke and alerted the Fire Department.

Despite all their efforts, the fire could not be contained by fire-fighters, and subsequently the entire charity shop that consisted of three Wendy houses were destroyed.

The SPCA charity shop in Grassy Park brings in about R60 000 a month.

The police is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

According to Wanika Davids, spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, arson is suspected, though the organisation is still awaiting confirmation from the fire department’s forensic team.

Davids said there have been break-ins in the past and "while trying to steal they would light something in order to see".

The burnt remains of the charity shop in Grassy Park. (Facebook)

Based on this information "it’s possible that someone lit something to get a better view of what was valuable in the shop and subsequently the fire got out of hand".

Davids was also happy to note that even though the kennels are right behind the shop none of the animals have been hurt or affected by the fire.

Smoke rises as the flames die after a fire destroyed the SPCA charity shop in Grassy Park. (Facebook)

If you have any information please contact the Grassy Park police.

If you are willing to assist the society with donations to re-stock their shop contact the SPCA Fundraising department on 021 700 4141.

Read more on:    spca  |  cape town  |  animals

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