Fire guts pharmacy in Verulam

2017-12-28 06:00
Photo: andile sitholeSome of the passing customers inspect the damage caused by fire.

Photo: andile sitholeSome of the passing customers inspect the damage caused by fire.

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A PHARMACY in Verulam caught alight and products worth approximately R2 million were lost in the fire on Sunday morning, December 17.

The pharmacy was completely guttered and several other businesses were damaged after the fire broke on the corner of Moss and Wick Street.

Reaction Unit South Africa operations manager Vinod Singh told the Weekly that one of their officers was patrolling near the pharmacy when he noticed smoke emanating from the building.

“Upon investigation he found the pharmacy engulfed in flames. Firefighters from the eThekwini Fire Department arrived on scene and battled the blaze which spread to adjoining businesses. The pharmacy was completely destroyed in the fire while adjoining businesses including a bank were damaged due the extensive heat.”

Umhlanga Fire Station division commander Jay Kanniappen said:

“We suspect that the cause of the blaze is electrical. However, with the quick response from our team managed to save other shops near the pharmacy. There was another cellphone shop that was exposed to the fire.

“According to the information we received, the damage of the building is estimated to R5 million and R2 million for the contents. No injuries were reported.”

SAPS spokesperson in Verulam Captain Henry Kisten said police received a complaint about fire and responded, but there was no case opened. Attempts to get a comment from the management of the pharmacy were unsuccessful until the time of going to press.

A PHARMACY in Verulam caught alight and products stored in the building worth approximately R2 million were lost in the fire on Sunday morning, December 17.

The pharmacy was completely guttered and several other businesses were damaged after the fire broke on the corner of Moss and Wick Street.

Reaction Unit South Africa operations manager Vinod Singh told the Weekly that one of their officers was patrolling in the near the pharmacy when he noticed smoke emanating from the building.

“Our officer alerted our control centre and offices responded. Upon investigation he found the pharmacy engulfed in flames. Firefighters from the eThekwini Fire Department arrived on scene and battled the blaze which spread to adjoining businesses. The pharmacy was completely destroyed in the fire while adjoining businesses including a bank were damaged due the extensive heat.”

Umhlanga Fire Station division commander Jay Kanniappen said three rescue pumpers, two water carries and two support vehicles were dispatched at the scene.

“We suspect that the cause of the blaze is electrical. However, with the quick response from our team we managed to save the other shops near the pharmacy. There was another cellphone shop that was exposed to the fire. The estimated damage caused by fire is approximately R7 million in total.

“According to the information we received, the damage of the building is estimated to R5 million and R2 million for the contents. No injuries were reported.”

SAPS spokesperson in Verulam Captain Henry Kisten said police received a complaint about fire and responded, but there was no case opened.

Attempts to get a comment from the management of the pharmacy were unsuccessful until the time of going to press.

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