Generator at Ingonyama Trust Board goes up in flames

2016-03-08 11:21
A member of the Pietermaritzburg Fire Department walks past the smoking Ingonyama Trust Board building.

A member of the Pietermaritzburg Fire Department walks past the smoking Ingonyama Trust Board building. (Paul Henman Photography)

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Pietermaritzburg - Smoke engulfed the offices of Ingon­yama Trust Board located in Trelawney Road in Southgate, on Monday afternoon.

Dark smoke could be seen from a distance as firefighters worked hard to extinguish the fire.

Chief executive officer of the board Fikisiwe Madlopha said there had been power cut for “approximately three to five minutes” at their offices at around 1 pm.

“The electricity came back on after this and power was restored for about 10 minutes after which the fire siren was activated.

“It was realised that there was smoke coming from the backup generator unit which is in the building.”

He said the fire brigade and Alexandra Road police were called and the fire was extinguished.

“The cause and extent of the damage is unknown at this stage …”

He said investigations will be carried out to determine how the fire started.

The Ingonyama Trust Board is the entity responsible for the administration of about 2,8 million hectares of Ingon­yama Trust land spread throughout KZN.

According to a source at the Pietermaritzburg fire department, there were no injuries and the only damage was to the building’s generator.

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