25 cars destroyed in Woodmead fire

2013-03-29 15:00
	A man rushes to douse flames that have engulfed about a dozen cars at a parking lot in Woodmead during a religious gathering. (News24 user)

A man rushes to douse flames that have engulfed about a dozen cars at a parking lot in Woodmead during a religious gathering. (News24 user)

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Johannesburg - A fire that destroyed around 25 cars in Woodmead on Friday was extinguished by 14:00, emergency services said.

"The fire is completely out and the exact cause of the fire is unknown at this stage," Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe said.

"There are a lot of stories including that the fire was caused by two children playing with fireworks and the grass caught fire. At this stage it can't be confirmed and we will investigate the incident."

She said people at the scene had alleged that children were playing with fireworks on the grass parking area and the grass caught fire and "quickly spread" to the vehicles.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said there were no injuries.

"Paramedics and rescue personnel are on the scene. No injuries have been reported and I can confirm that the fire is out. The cars were parked on a grass parking," he said.

Vermaak said they first received a call about the fire at 11.45am.

Most of the cars belonged to Muslim men who had gathered at Mia's Farm for a weekend of spiritual rejuvenation.

The event had been arranged by the Waterval Islamic Institute.

Police could not immediately comment.

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