Mall: ‘blow-up’ sets off blaze

2011-08-25 00:00

A POWER sector correction unit in a sub-station overheated and burnt back, causing a fire at the Liberty Midlands Mall at about 6:30 pm yesterday.

The divisional officer at Msunduzi fire department, Nkosinathi Mchunu, said the cause of overheating is not yet known.

“There was a small blow-up in the sub-station and we used carbon dioxide extinguishers to kill the flames.

“We then used water from one of our tankers to dampen the station.

“The main concern was the smoke, which engulfed the corridors of the centre’s southern section, but that too was controlled,” said Mchunu.

He said ventilators were used to clear the smoke inside the corridors.

Centre manager Cassy Fourie said: “At no stage were our customers and staff at risk during this incident.

“It is our priority to ensure the safety and security of all our staff and customers, so a section of the mall [between Woolworths and Truworths] was evacuated as a precautionary measure.”

Fourie said power has been rerouted and the mall will trade as normal today.

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