Factory fires keep Joburg officials busy

2012-11-01 07:20
Fire (Picture: AFP)

Fire (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Blazes at two warehouses in Johannesburg kept firefighters busy in the early hours of Thursday morning.

In the first incident, a blaze began at about 01:30 in the storage facility of an aluminium and steel recycling factory in Industria, Johannesburg emergency services said.

"There have been no injuries reported and the fire is contained and stopped," spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said at 03:30.

"Firefighters are monitoring the factory... The damage is not that much because the fire was stopped and contained before it spread through the factory."

Meanwhile, in Benoni, on the East Rand, firefighters were damping down a fire that broke out at another warehouse.

"Firefighters are going through the hotspots after the fire was contained," Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson William Ntladi said.

"The fire started around 03:30 in a polystyrene warehouse. When we arrived on the scene the whole workshop was well alight as it contained highly flammable material. Workers had already been evacuated."

No one was injured.

The cause of both fires would be investigated.

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