Quick response nips fire in bud

2019-11-12 06:00
Fire services on the scene at a fire that broke out in Josephine Road in Claremont. PHOTO: Fire services

Fire services on the scene at a fire that broke out in Josephine Road in Claremont. PHOTO: Fire services

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Fire services were on the scene within five minutes after receiving a call alerting them to a fire that had broken out at a derelict building in Claremont.

At 10:49 on Thursday 7 November, fire services received a report from an anonymous caller that the building situated on the corner of Josephine and Talana Road was ablaze.

Fire services were on the scene at 10:54.

Three fire engines, one water tender, a rescue vehicle and aerial fire equipment, with 21 staff members in attendance, were dispatched on scene.

Jermaine Carelse, the spokesperson for fire services, says the fire was extinguished at 13:24.

“The fire was contained and no injuries were reported,” says Carelse.

According to the community, the property has been standing empty for quite a while. Carelse says the cause of the fire is unknown.

According to the City of Cape Town’s website, most house fires are caused by a lack of thought or concentration.

It gives these tips for fire prevention and safety in the home:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
  • Cut candles in half to prevent them from falling over – and use a candle holder.
  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • If you can afford it, keep a fire extinguisher in your home; maintain it annually and learn how to use it.
  • Keep a bucket of sand in the kitchen if you don’t have an extinguisher; throwing sand over a small fire, especially oil, can help contain it before it gets out of control.
  • Keep a garden hose rolled up and ready in case of fire.
  • Where possible, have more than one exit point from your house.
  • Make an escape plan that the whole family knows about and can follow.
  • Do not park in the way of a fire hydrant.
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