Fire still probed

2019-10-02 06:00

The Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation awaits the conclusion of an investigation into the “mystery” surrounding its torched building.

The partly burnt building is part of the Free State Sport Science Institute in Oranjesig, Bloemfontein.

The fire, which broke out on 22 September, was extinguished by firefighters of the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

The building is utilised for the administrative purposes of the Free State Sport Confederation and the South African Football Association (Safa).

Tankiso Zola, spokes­person for the department, said alternative arrangements had been made for officials working in the affected building to continue with their operations so that service delivery could continue uninterrupted.

“The building is temporarily closed, as it is regarded as a crime scene until the investigations are concluded. The fire investigator and the forensic expert from the police came to the scene on 23 September to further determine the cause of the fire as part of the broad investigation.

“The department will further not make any comments on the matter until investigations are concluded and thus makes a humble appeal to everyone to allow the investigation process to unfold smoothly,” he said.

According to Zola, the investigation team was ex­pected to finalise the report into the burnt building on Monday (30/09).

The fire at the building followed a break-in the day before. The cause of the fire, as well as the time of the break-in, are still unclear.

According to informed sources, damage was caused to the reception area situated on the ground level of the building.

According to Braam van Zyl of the Mangaung Fire Department, arson is suspected after reports that the building had been broken into.

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