Home destroyed, stock lost in Jeffreys Bay fires

2017-05-18 06:01
A wooden structure close to the boundary wall at Caltex Wavelands in St Francis Street, Jeffreys Bay, was set alight on Sunday morning. The owner, Vincent Tee, looks at the aftermath.                            Photo:SUPPLIED

A wooden structure close to the boundary wall at Caltex Wavelands in St Francis Street, Jeffreys Bay, was set alight on Sunday morning. The owner, Vincent Tee, looks at the aftermath. Photo:SUPPLIED

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ONE man lost his life, a home, an outbuilding, a wooden structure and a kitchen have been destroyed in several fires that swept across Jeffreys Bay over the weekend.

A Hankey-man died after his informal structure burnt down on Sunday, May 14 at 02:53.

“Firefighters were on the scene at 02:58 and managed to extinguish the blaze without the fire spreading to other structures,” says Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson.

“Unfortunately, there was an occupant in the house during the fire and he lost his life in the blaze.”

The reason for the fire is still under investigation.

Earlier that same morning, at approximately 01:47 a wooden structure close to the boundary wall at Caltex Wavelands in St Francis Street, Jeffreys Bay, was set alight.

The Fire Department and Smhart Security was on the scene within minutes. It took firefighters less than 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Only the wooden structure and the contents stored inside were damaged.

“It is suspected the fire was caused by people who loiter about the building,” says Benson.

In an unrelated incident, an outbuilding that was home to a mother and her two young children burnt to the ground. Although they were not hurt, they lost all their belongings in the blaze.

The Fire Department managed to extinguish the fire before it could spread to the main house and nearby homes.

On Saturday, May 13 at approximately 20:47 the kitchen at Tapas Restaurant caught alight. The fire was extinguished within minutes and there was no damage to the structure.

The Fire Department did final safety checks to ensure there were no further threats.

Firefighters also rushed to a bush fire at the back of Elf Street in Sea Vista, St Francis Bay. Back-up was sent from Humansdorp in case the fire spread.

“Fortunately, the fire was still small and could be easily dealt with in less than 15 minutes. The fire resulted from people burning plastic off scrap metal in an open area,” says Benson.

“We would like to caution the community against making fires in open spaces as this may result in major disasters, particularly during the windy periods of winter.”

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