King’s Park: Two suites at Absa stadium damaged in fire

2012-07-20 00:00

THE heat was on at Mr Price King’s Park yesterday morning when eThekwini fire and emergency services were called to a fire on the top floor of the stadium’s north-west stand.

Zibufe Ngcece, regional commander of the emergency services, said a call was received at 6.22 am.

“We mobilised at 6.30 am and were on scene by 6.35 am. Two fire trucks, the divisional commander and an aerial appliance [a truck with an extended ladder] were dispatched.”

When they arrived at the stadium they could see the fire on the top floor of the north-west stand in one of the suites.

“Our personnel gained access to the scene through the top floor roof and after accessing the situation an additional water carrier and fire truck was requested,” he said.

Ngcece said the fire was contained and did not spread to surrounding suites or on to the open stands. There were two suites damaged.

“Obviously the one where the fire started was gutted and this suite shares a common room with an adjoining suite.

“This one has extensive smoke damage and will also require maintenance before being used again.”

No injuries were reported and the blaze was extinguished by 7.15 am.

The cause is being investigated. At this stage it seems an electrical fault was the catalyst.

Brian van Zyl, Sharks CEO, said on the Sharks’ website: “The extent of the damage is minimal. The stadium, rest of the suites and stands have not been affected. It will be business as usual as we host junior Sharks matches on Friday afternoon, when the Sharks U19 and U21 teams play Free State.”

Van Zyl thanked residents who had seen the flames for their calls and concern.

“We appreciate everyone’s concern and compliment the Durban Central fire department for its quick response and excellent work in extinguishing the fire.”

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