Cape Town fires claim 7 victims

2014-11-21 06:14

Seven people have died and 900 others affected in over 1 000 fires in Cape Town since the beginning of November.

40 shacks ravaged by fire

2014-11-06 16:00

One person has been treated for smoke inhalation after at least 40 shacks went up in flames in Denver, Johannesburg.

Firefighter killed in Australian blaze

2014-11-01 14:18

Officials in Sydney say a firefighter has been killed and at least two homes have been destroyed by Australian wildfires.

Tau to visit Kya Sands displaced families

2014-10-10 21:00

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau is set to visit the people who have been left homeless after a fire erupted at the Kya Sands informal settlement.

12 appear for burnt houses

2014-10-06 20:04

Twelve people have appeared in the Bothaville Magistrate's Court for allegedly burning eight houses in the local Kgotsong township, Free State.

Fight against Cape fire hindered by weather

2014-09-26 18:10

Efforts to put out a fire that broke out in the mountains between Swellendam and Barrydale in the Western Cape had to be scaled back because of poor weather.

Minister visits Free State fire victims

2014-09-20 16:04

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has visited a Harrismith woman who lost her husband and son in a veldfire.

California wildfire shows explosive growth

2014-09-18 23:17

An out-of-control wildfire that is threatening more than 2 000 homes in Northern California is showing explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres.

DA's KZN offices destroyed in fire

2014-09-18 14:28

The DA offices within the KwaZulu-Natal legislature have been gutted by a fire.

1 000 fires extinguished over two months – dept

2014-08-06 22:59

About 1 000 veld and forest fires had been fought in eight provinces over the past two months, the department of environmental affairs says.

Holy smoke! Ford bakkie explodes and melts

2014-08-05 13:37

Two engineers escaped the flaming confines of a Ford Super Duty prototype. Check out our spy image gallery which shows the new Ford bursting in flames and melting in California's Death Valley desert!

Shoppers evacuated from Cape Town mall

2014-07-18 19:18

Cape Town shoppers had to be evacuated from a mall after a fire broke out in one of their storeroom.

Health dept building set alight

2014-07-02 20:41

The reception area of the health department's building in the Pretoria CBD has been set alight.

Rhodes' student union building set alight

2014-05-27 15:37

A fire has broken out in a building at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Legal Aid covers arson cases

2014-04-01 21:13

Legal aid is provided for people charged with arson, Legal Aid SA says.

Cops burnt down our homes - residents

2014-02-25 18:15

Residents at a Midrand informal settlement have blamed metro police for burning down about 200 shacks.

5 dead, 30 missing after Quebec old age home blaze

2014-01-24 10:27

A fire that raged through a seniors' home in eastern Quebec has trapped residents dependent on wheelchairs and walkers, leaving five died and about 30 missing.

Cape fire deaths on the decrease

2014-01-08 22:08

The City of Cape Town says the number of deaths as a result of informal settlement fires in the Cape metropole has almost halved in the past eight years.

Cape Town fire victims rehoused

2014-01-06 15:42

Residents of an informal settlement in Cape Town who were left homeless after a fire in the area last month have been rehoused.

Amateur mechanic's car goes up in flames

2013-11-27 14:31

Top tip: If your engine is on fire, don't try to blow out the flames like it's a birthday cake. Watch a driver fail spectacularly while tinkering on his ride!

Arson suspect to appear in court

2013-11-18 18:30

A man arrested in connection with the burning of a house in Coffee Bay is expected to appear in court.

Don't be a fire-starter

2013-10-31 05:00

Most wildfires are started by careless people. Don’t be one. Take proper care with camping and braai fires.

New blazes in Australia but worst fears ease

2013-10-23 17:33

Firefighters in Australia have battled hot, dry winds and soaring temperatures as new blazes were whipped up in a week-long bushfire emergency, but fears of a catastrophe eased.

More dead after Eastern Cape lab blast

2013-10-23 10:32

Three more people have died after last week's blast at an Eastern Cape pharmaceutical laboratory, bringing the death toll to six.

Tesla blaze sparks EV safety

2013-10-07 07:21

A Tesla Model S which caught fire earlier this month points to challenges for electric cars; experts vouch for safety.


More than 60 injured in chemical blast

2014-11-07 19:10

An explosion at a chemical plant in Argentina has left more than 60 people injured and caused extensive damage to nearby buildings.

Fire at Joburg mattress factory

2014-11-06 14:29

One person was injured when a fire broke out at a mattress factory in Benrose, Johannesburg, on Thursday, the city's emergency services said.

3 kids killed in shack fire

2014-10-16 17:23

Three children have died when their shack caught alight in Kagiso, on the West Rand.

House burnt, equipment destroyed in Limpopo

2014-10-07 15:51

The house of a chieftain has been set alight and Bokoni Platinum mine equipment destroyed outside Burgersfort, Limpopo.

Man saves mom trapped by veld fire

2014-09-30 18:59

A North West man has been able to rescue his 60-year-old mother after a runaway veld fire trapped her in her home on a farm 30km outside of Potchefstroom.

Harrismith fire death toll rises

2014-09-22 16:29

Four people have been killed in a veld fire near Harrismith in the Free State.

As it happened: Fires around KNP

2014-09-18 16:39

Get the latest updates as SANPark rangers and fire-fighters battle a fire in and around Kruger National Park.

Smoke kills Cape Town guard

2014-08-14 13:51

A security guard died from smoke inhalation at a house in Hout Bay, Cape Town.

Sweden battles raging forest fire

2014-08-05 14:19

Swedish firefighters are battling a massive forest fire described as the worst in living memory which has engulfed homes, left one man dead and sent hundreds fleeing their homes.

Firefighters obstructed at Joburg inferno

2014-08-01 19:29

Massive plumes of smoke can be seen from the Johannesburg CBD after a building in End Street was set alight. More as the story develops.

Tesla wants to see battery-fire Model S

2014-07-07 11:59

Battery-car maker Tesla has asked to study the wreck of a stolen Tesla Model S which was involved in a major crash after which it burned and split in half in West Hollywood, California.

Possible link between Rhodes' student, campus fire

2014-05-28 22:29

A student at Rhodes University in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape could be linked to a fire on campus, the institution says.

Fire at Joburg plastic factory

2014-02-27 20:34

A fire has broken out at a plastics factory in Amalgam, Crown Mines, west of Johannesburg.

Do you have an emergency fire escape plan?

2014-01-27 15:50

Every second counts when a fire breaks out in your home, so plan ahead and try to avoid a tragedy.

Man dies in Cape Town fire

2014-01-14 15:47

A man who was burnt in a shack fire in an informal settlement in Masiphumelele, near Fish Hoek, has died.

Eastern Cape kids die of smoke inhalation

2014-01-08 17:47

Two children in Mthatha have died from smoke inhalation after their father allegedly locked them in their flat with a burning candle.

NYE blaze: 1067 cars torched in France

2014-01-03 08:04

As South Africans revellers welcomed the new year, French youths chose to torch their cars. The French government revealed that 1067 cars were set ablaze on New Year's eve 2013.

Tesla under fire: Recall threat?

2013-11-20 08:13

Following the third report of a Model S in flames, the US government's vehicle auto safety watchdog has launched an investigation into Tesla's electric car fires. How does Tesla plan to reduce the risk of fires? A software update...

Eastern Cape girl dies in blaze

2013-11-04 20:04

A 4-year-old girl has been killed in a fire in the Eastern Cape.

Don't be a fire-starter

2013-10-29 11:46

Most wildfires are started by careless people. Don’t be one. Take proper care with camping and braai fires.

Australian fire sparked by military exercise

2013-10-23 15:16

Investigators say that a military training exercise has ignited the largest of the wildfires that have ravaged Australia's most populous state in the past week.

Fire truck: Ja wel, but no fine

2013-10-07 11:02

Organisers of the Korean Grand Prix will escape sanction, even though a fire vehicle was deployed on to the track during Sunday's race.

DA offers relief to fire victims

2013-10-05 20:21

The DA will raise over R150 000 in relief donations for those whose shacks burnt down in Cleveland, east of Johannesburg, the party has said.

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