Nottingham Road Transnet compound gutted, 32 left homeless

2009-09-02 00:00

A FIRE gutted the Transnet compound in Nottingham Road, leaving at least 32 people without homes.

At least nine rooms were burnt, leaving nine children and 23 adults homeless; no one was injured in the fire.

Moira Grueneberg, the Democratic Alliance councillor who arrived to assist in the area, said the families have been devastated by the fire.

She said that although some people decided to move back into their burnt homes, many more have been left destitute.

She said she is concerned about the safety of the people who have moved back.

“The place is burnt and the ceiling is burnt, so it could collapse,” she added.

Grueneberg commended the authorities for responding promptly to the emergency.

She said officials from uMgungundlovu and uMngeni district municipalities arrived to assess the losses and organise tents, mattresses and blankets for the needy.

As for the fire, she said it is not clear how it started, adding that “the doors to the houses were locked at the time it started”.

The councillor said the cause is almost certainly not related to electricity, which had been out when the fire started.

A fire officer at the Mooi River fire stations, Alpheus Xaba, said it is not known what had caused the fire.

The investigation is continuing, he added.

Emergency services: Firm gets three new fire engines for uThungulu

RURAL Metro, an emergency management company based in Pietermaritzburg, recently received three new fire engines.

Chris Gilbert, the director of Rural Metro, said the fire engines were bought through the uThungulu district.

He said they will be dedicated to rescue services and fighting fires in the area.

Last year, at least 80 people were killed by fires in areas in uThungulu District, Gilbert said.

“These fire engines will be a great resource to the community as they will augment the current fire service in the area and save lives.”


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