‘Spontaneous’ blaze in PMB

2015-12-03 12:17
Firefighters work to subdue a fire that broke out in a building on Hoosen Haffejee Street. It is suspected that the fire was started by Whoonga addicts.

Firefighters work to subdue a fire that broke out in a building on Hoosen Haffejee Street. It is suspected that the fire was started by Whoonga addicts. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - Spontaneous combustion was the most likely cause of a fire at Sealake ­Industries in Pietermaritzburg early on Wednesday morning.

The fire started on vacant land belonging to Sealake Industries when a trailer loaded with waste caught alight.

The Msunduzi Fire Department ­reported that a “large trailer” stacked with cardboard boxes and plastic and spilled vegetable oil caught alight after a full day’s exposure to Tuesday’s heat.

According to the department, the ­decomposing materials had ­“spontaneously combusted” from the ­extreme heat.

The fire department said there had been no explosion, but the trailer had caught alight “spontaneously” without the use of any accelerants.

The fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department.

Sealake Industries general manager Farouk Vawda said the trailer had been placed on vacant land belonging to them, but not on the same property as Sealake Industries’ factory.

Eastwood resident Zillah Francis said she woke up at around 12.30 am ­yesterday to the sound of the waste catching fire.

Francis said she went outside and saw thick smoke billowing into the sky.

“The smoke started billowing into our houses. The smell was everywhere,” she said.

Francis said the fumes coming from the factory and the fire were a great cause of concern for the residents.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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