Community saves the day

2018-02-13 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedThe aftermath of the fire.

PHOTO: SuppliedThe aftermath of the fire.

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THE Upper Highway community responded in numbers to assist in dousing a fire that broke out at the Phezulu Safari Park last Friday night.

According to the general manager of Phezulu Safari Park, Tristan Dickerson, the cause of the fire is under investigation. However, there are assumptions that the lightning from the storm last Friday could have contributed to it.

He said that the curio shop at the safari park was gutted.

“I can’t really say what started the fire but it’s just an assumption that it was the lightning,” said Dickerson.

He said that when he received news of the fire, he was in shock, and immediately called for assistance.

“As I drove to the park I called for helped from every group I’m part of and their response was massive because they came in numbers,” said Dickerson.

He said the community worked together in stopping the fire from spreading across to other places.

“The SA Community Crime Watch group co-ordinated the response of the fire brigade and neighbourhood watchers, while I co-ordinated the fire fighting at Phezulu,” he said.

He explained how they worked together: “Fifty plus community members made a human chain between the pool and the curio shop.

“We held off the spread of fire to the Zulu village for 20 minutes until the fire brigade arrived.”

“We were passing buckets of water down the chain and sending empty ones back.

The community members are the heroes,” said Dickerson.

He thanked all those who rallied at Phezulu, for their assistance.

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