Durban highway bridge damaged by fire

2015-06-05 17:49
(Picture: Supplied)

(Picture: Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - A runaway veld fire that set alight liquefied petroleum bottles has resulted in the partial closure of a major highway bridge in Durban until structural engineers have determined it is safe to drive on.

eThekwini Metro spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa two lanes of the M4 southbound were closed to traffic after the fire on Friday morning and would remain closed until structural engineers had finished examining the bridge.  

“Due to the excessive heat and flames, there was a threat to the concrete structure supporting the M4 South freeway and structural damage to the bridge. City engineers have been tasked with assessing the structural damage,” she said.

She said the fire had set off the LPG bottles at a plant near the bridge, causing an explosion and a high-intensity fire which was eventually doused by the eThekwini Metro fire brigade.

Black plumes of smoke could be seen from as far away as Queensburgh and Durban North, about 20 to 30km away.

The M4 South freeway was initially closed off in both directions, but two of the four lanes going in either direction have since been reopened.

Mthethwa said the remaining lanes would be reopened after repairs, which could take a few months.

Read more on:    durban  |  fires

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
20 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.