Waterfall goes up in flames

2017-09-26 06:00
Photo: SuppliedThe fire that ravished parts of Waterfall last week.

Photo: SuppliedThe fire that ravished parts of Waterfall last week.

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UPPER Highway residents and businesses are feeling the effects of a veld fire that ripped through parts of Waterfall last week.

According to Michelle Naidu, who works in Blessing Ninela, the fire seemed like a scene from a movie.

“I went to work as normal in the morning, and within an hour I saw thick black smoke outside and immediately called the fire department.

“The fire spread so rapidly and the portable toilets in our yard, staff clothing on the lines and in the staff change rooms were burnt.”

She said with the help of staff members they used hosepipes and buckets of water to contain the fire.

SA Community Crime Watch spokesperson Steven King confirmed the fire and advised businesses and homeowners to be cautious as winter has left an abundance of dry vegetation that is conducive to veld fires.

“When there is a fire one should report it immediately. Make sure you close all windows and doors to prevent burning embers [from entering your domain]. Any burning embers indoors should be immediately extinguished.

“Should there be an immediate threat to your property, damp down your garden,” he said.

King said to prevent fires people must never discard live cigarette butts carelessly.

“If living near a high-risk fire zone, maintain necessary firebreaks and make sure visible fire extinguishers are in place.

“In the event of a braai, make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the area. Do not burn rubbish, rubber tyres or copper wire under any circumstances – that is illegal,” King added.

To find out more or report negligence, contact King on 082 920 5799 or email sacomcrimewatch @gmail.com

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