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Fire still raging at Cape Town docks

2011-12-03 19:14

Johannesburg - A Chinese trawler was still on fire in the Cape Town docks in the late afternoon on Saturday, the city's disaster management said.

Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne said the fire started just after midnight on Friday.

"At the moment there is a quantity of the ship's fuel that is on fire."

He said the fire started where the cardboard and netting material were kept.

Firefighters at the scene were having difficulty controlling the blaze.

"It is very difficult and very hot...the ship is listing to one side making it too dangerous for the fire fighters to get on board," said Layne.

One man was treated for smoke inhalation but did not require further medical treatment.

Layne said a pollution officer was sent to the scene to assess the possible ecological fall-out.

"He is busy making his assessment and his findings are yet to be ascertained," said Layne.

Layne said they were planning to pump water from the ship to stop it from listing, which would enable fire fighters to board the ship and work from on deck.

Comments
  • Paul - 2011-12-03 19:54

    A trawler transporting Cape Town's main exports rhino horn, perlemoen and copper wire.

      Chloe - 2011-12-03 20:23

      If that's true, the guys on board should burn with the flipping trawler !!!

      Mike - 2011-12-03 20:29

      copper coated fishy smelling rhino horn ornaments coming soon to a pier near you ;)

  • hadedah - 2011-12-05 07:44

    Take the trawler out to sea and sink it, that will get rid of the problem, the crew can be flown out to China, what cargo on board what ever it is will go down with the ship, vessel to be sunk out side of South african territory. if it has Rhino horn and perlemoen and copper wire on it tough luck. they loose. fire only starts when the crew and the officers are not properley trained to handle such situations.

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