Fire damages Eastern Cape govt building

2012-10-10 10:17

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East London - A government building has been badly damaged by fire in Mount Frere, Eastern Cape, it was reported on Wednesday.

According to the Daily Dispatch, workers who arrived shortly before 07:00 on Tuesday noticed smoke coming from the roof of the building.

“It is clear that the fire started from the top of the building on the east wing," Loyiso Mashwane, an official, said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Edith Mjoko confirmed the blaze started on the upper floors.

Firefighters managed to save about 45% of the building from the blaze. Damage amounting to millions of rands was caused to office equipment, including backup files and computers.

The building had recently been renovated. Most of the offices that were damaged belonged to the social development department.

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