Firefighters tackle office block blaze in Cape Town

2015-07-21 18:35
(Theo Layne, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service)

(Theo Layne, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service)

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Cape Town - A fire broke out on the top storey of an office block and restaurant in Gardens, Cape Town, on Tuesday afternoon, but no injuries were reported.

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"The probable cause of the fire is an electrical short circuit," the city’s fire and rescue services spokesperson Theo Layne said in a message.

He said people evacuated the building on the corner of Union and Morkel Streets prior to firefighters arriving around 14:30.

There was no need to remove people from the neighbouring Lady Hamilton Hotel.

The building was converted from a residential block.

Images of the building showed a charred roof an large plumes of smoke.

Rooms on the top floor also seemed to be gutted.

Firefighters damped down hot spots and removed burning debris.

It was extinguished around 17:00.

A few would remain on scene to ensure people's safety and to hand over the building to occupants.

(Theo Layne, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service)

(Theo Layne, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service)

(Theo Layne, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service)

(Theo Layne, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service)

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