ARTICLES RELATING TO FIRES

3 courageous high school pupils save gran and pets from burning house

2014-04-15 14:28

Three courageous high school pupils have been hailed as heroes for braving an inferno to rescue a stricken 83-year-old woman and her two dogs just seconds before the roof of her home collapsed.

Family of 5 burnt alive in Eastern Cape

2014-04-08 13:31

A family of five has been burnt alive in an open bakkie at the weekend while visiting a homestead in Mambalweni, Ntabankulu, Eastern Cape police say.

JHB factory burns overnight

2014-03-29 14:08

A plastic factory in Slovopark, south of Johannesburg, has been on fire since Saturday morning.

Over 30 homes razed in Australian fires

2014-02-10 13:14

More than 30 homes have been razed in the worst fire conditions Australia has seen since a 2009 inferno killed 173 people, with flames threatening the country's second-largest city.

Australian wildfires raze homes

2014-02-09 12:53

Scores of wildfires raging across southeast Australia in dry and windy summer conditions have destroyed homes and injured a firefighter.

Bodies of 8 miners found after mine fire

2014-02-06 07:09

Rescue workers have located the bodies of eight of the nine miners who were missing after a fire broke out at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine.

Fireman survives 6-floor fall into pit of flames

2013-12-05 08:49

A Durban fireman has "miraculously" survived after falling six floors down a disused lift shaft into a pit of flames containing metal spikes and a dead body.

WoF unveils new water bombers for fire season

2013-12-03 10:13

Working on Fire has unveiled two new high-capacity air tractors to be employed during the Cape summer fire season.

Disasters costs quadruple in 30 years

2013-11-18 22:27

Natural and weather disasters are costing nearly €150bn a year, four times more than in the 1980s, the World Bank says.

Houses, taverns torched in North West

2013-11-14 08:01

Three houses and two taverns belonging to people accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old boy have been set alight by angry residents of Setlagole, North West police say.

Blast at Cape Town mall injures five

2013-11-09 14:29

An explosion at a mall in Cape Town’s southern suburbs has left at least five people injured.

Mom, child die in Cape Town fire

2013-10-28 08:08

A woman and her 5-year-old daughter have died after a fire in Cape Town, the city's disaster risk management centre says.

Australia govt: Fires not linked to climate change

2013-10-25 21:15

The Australian government has rejected arguments that wildfires ravaging parts of the country's east, following a record hot start to the current spring season, are the result of climate change.

Bloem groom jailed for setting venue alight

2013-10-25 12:00

A Bloemfontein man who set alight his wedding venue has been sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

Australian PM denies climate change, fires link

2013-10-23 19:37

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied that devastating bushfires in Australia are linked to climate change, saying the United Nations climate chief was "talking through her hat" on the issue.

Australia fire-fighters battle new blazes

2013-10-23 07:54

Fire-fighters in Australia are battling hot, dry winds and soaring temperatures as new blazes begin breaking out in a bushfire disaster that shows no signs of easing.

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There are fears in Australia that a number of bush fires will merge to form a "mega blaze" that could threaten Sydney itself. Watch.

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Australian wildfires put heat on PM

2013-10-21 15:42

A long, hot summer looms for Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as devastating wildfires near Sydney fuel opposition to his plans to repeal a carbon emissions tax.

Australia crews battle to contain fires

2013-10-21 08:15

Firefighters are racing to tame an enormous blaze in south-eastern Australia, with officials warning it could merge with others to create a "mega-fire" if weather conditions worsen.

Fire engulfs mountain of sugar in Brazil

2013-10-18 18:02

A fire has destroyed up to 300 000 tons of sugar and much of the Santos Port warehouses owned by Copersucar, the world's largest trader of the sweetener.

Woman dies in Vosloorus house fire

2013-10-05 10:27

A woman has died in a fire at her home in Vosloorus on the East Rand, emergency workers say.

Boy, 4, dies in Kliptown fire

2013-10-02 07:57

A 4-year-old Soweto boy has died in a shack fire in Kliptown which left 22 people displaced.

Limpopo veld fire under control

2013-09-21 14:47

A fire in Limpopo's Modimolle area has swept across 30 000 hectares of farmland, according to a report.

Animals killed in Eastern Cape fires

2013-09-20 22:12

Sixteen animals have burned to death and 61 were critically injured in veld fires in Thomas River near Stutterheim this week, the Eastern Cape SPCA says.

 

Pupils save gran, pets from burning house

2014-04-15 08:32

Three courageous high school pupils have been hailed as heroes for braving an inferno to rescue a stricken 83-year-old woman and her two dogs just seconds before the roof of her home collapsed.

Teen burnt after drilling into wiring

2014-04-02 14:31

A teenager has suffered serious burn wounds after accidentally drilling into electrical wiring in a restaurant in Bloemfontein, paramedics say.

Sandton petrol station shop catches fire

2014-03-15 07:57

A shop at a petrol station in Sandton, Johannesburg, has caught fire, the city's emergency management services says.

Five family members die in house fire

2014-02-10 10:50

Five family members, including two young boys, have burned to death in Lotus River, Cape Town, fire officials say.

Doornkop not operational: Shabangu

2014-02-06 17:39

Operations at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine will stop until it has been declared safe, says Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu.

Man burns to death

2014-01-26 14:32

A man has been burnt beyond recognition when his shack caught fire in Devland informal settlement south of Johannesburg.

Elderly Cape Town woman saves kids from fire

2013-12-19 08:54

An elderly woman has saved 14 children from a house fire in Cape Town but is now in desperate need of assistance after losing all her belongings.

Top of Table Mountain must burn - Study

2013-12-04 11:43

Fynbos vegetation at the top of Table Mountain near the upper cable station needs to be burnt, according to a recent study.

WoF launches summer fire season

2013-12-02 19:03

Working on Fire in partnership with the Western Cape provincial government has launched the Western Cape fire season.

Teenage boy, woman die in house fire

2013-11-14 10:01

An elderly woman and a 13-year-old boy have died after their house caught fire in Klerksdorp, North West, paramedics say.

Mall restaurant reopens after explosion

2013-11-11 09:16

A Spur restaurant in a Cape Town shopping mall has reopened after an explosion in the kitchen injured five employees, one of them seriously.

Two treated after Durban fire

2013-11-04 07:03

Two people have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban.

Three die in Limpopo fire

2013-10-27 17:31

Three people, including two young girls, have been burnt to death inside a house at Hasani-Mbhalati village in Limpopo.

Schrodinger's kitten is a fox

2013-10-25 13:10

Clem Sunter takes the famous thought experiment of Schrodinger's Cat and applies it to the current debate around climate change.

Pilot dies while fighting Australia wildfires

2013-10-24 10:45

A pilot trying to fight one of several raging Australian wildfires has died when his plane crashed, in the second fatality resulting from the fires that have ripped through the region.

Sydney homes evacuated amid wildfires

2013-10-23 13:34

Scores of Australians have evacuated their homes in mountains west of Sydney as intensifying winds fan wildfires and ground the helicopters that are fighting them.

Aussie fire-fighters desperate amid high winds

2013-10-22 14:59

Australia fire-fighters are working desperately to contain huge wildfires burning in mountains near Sydney, but with forecasts of high winds and hot weather, authorities fear more losses.

Australia merges blazes in wildfire battle

2013-10-22 07:14

Fire-fighters have deliberately merged two major blazes in south-eastern Australia in a desperate battle to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.

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Australia bushfires damage

2013-10-21 08:59

Firefighters are still battling blazes outside of Sydney, Australia. See footage of the damage of the blazing bushfires.

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200 houses burn down

2013-10-20 09:09

The tally of houses lost to forest fires has passed 200 as brigades in south-eastern Australia battle blazes threatening dozens of homes.

2 burn to death in Cape Town fires

2013-10-05 12:44

Two women have died in separate fire incidents in Cape Town, according to a city official.

Groom apologises for burning down venue

2013-10-04 10:10

A Bloemfontein man who set alight his wedding venue because the ceremony was cancelled a day before it was to take place has apologised in court for the incident.

'Hero' teacher dies after fighting fire

2013-10-01 14:45

A KwaZulu-Natal community is mourning a popular deputy school principal, who died after being badly burnt while helping to fight a runaway fire on a neighbour's farm.

Man dies, 8 displaced after Gauteng fire

2013-09-21 09:36

A man has died and about eight people have been displaced after a fire in an informal settlement near Riverlea in Johannesburg, officials say.

Child, 4, burns to death in Western Cape fire

2013-09-16 07:23

A 4-year-old child has burnt to death and many were left homeless after a shack caught fire at the Witsand informal settlement in Atlantis, the City of Cape Town says.

 
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