Fire raises questions

2019-09-25 06:02
Fire damaged a building of the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Bloemfontein on Sunday (22/09). Photo: Supplied

Fire damaged a building of the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Bloemfontein on Sunday (22/09). Photo: Supplied

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Details surrounding the fire that damaged a building of the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Bloemfontein are still vague.

The building in question is part of the Free State Sport Science Institute in Oranjesig.

The fire was reported around 09:00 on Sunday (22/09).

Apparently the fire caused extensive damage to a section that is utilised for the administrative purposes of the Free State Sport Confederation and the South African Football Association (Safa).

Braam van Zyl of the Mangaung Fire Department said firefighters managed to extinguish the fire within 30 minutes after arrival.

He said flames were detected inside the building as well, but these were extinguished before it could cause extensive damage.

According to Van Zyl, arson is suspected.

A division of the Mangaung Fire Department will conduct further investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

“We suspect arson because we received a tip-off that the building was broken into,” said Van Zyl.

The motive and time of the break-in are still unclear.

According to Moremi Klip, Safa’s provincial executive officer, the break-in was reported to the officials of the football federation early on Saturday (21/09).

Upon inspection, a broken window was found.

“The next morning, we received a call that the building was on fire,” said Klip.

The incident has forced the federation to close down temporarily so that the investigation can be completed.

According to sources, the fire started in the reception area of the Free State Sport Confederation.

  • By deadline,Expressstill awaited comment from the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation about the impact of the fire, extent of the damages caused and security measures in place at this departmental building was queried and questions relating to damages as well as security at this provincial government premise.
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