Midlands restaurant burnt down

2009-08-15 00:00

FIRE broke at the exclusive Woodridge Estate hotel in the midlands on Thursday evening, burning down one of the restaurants.

Firefighters from the Howick fire department worked through to the early hours of yesterday morning trying to douse the blaze. It is not clear what started the fire.

Hotel management barred Weekend Witness from entering the property and refused to provide any details about the incident.

The matter had not been reported to the police by yesterday afternoon, said SAPS spokesman, Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram.

Howick Fire Department spokes­man Alpheus Xaba said that it had proved difficult to stop the blaze.

“The building had a thatched roof which caused the blaze to spread quickly. We started fighting the fire at 9.30 pm and finished at 3.” Xaba could not say what started the fire.

Last week the Bellisimo’s Pub near Howick was also destroyed in a blaze.

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