Tintswalo fire cause found

2019-03-05 06:00

Tintswalo Atlantic resort on Chapman’s Peak in Hout Bay will undergo a nine-month construction period before getting back on its feet following a fire incident earlier this month.

According to the owner and Tintswalo Lodges’ CEO, Lisa Goosen, the fire was caused by a kitchen equipment failure on Tuesday 5 February at around 04:00.

It destroyed half of the luxury resort, wiping out the main lodge bar, kitchen, dining room and lounge areas, as well as one of the 11 guest suites.

According to Goosen the site clearing has started, and construction is expected to commence soon.

She said: “Like the fynbos plant, the fire lily (Cyrtanthus ventricosus) which flowers miraculously within days after a veld fire, the Tintswalo team is resilient. This second fire was a huge setback, but we have once again dusted ourselves off and are focusing on the rebuild and rebirth of Tintswalo Atlantic and look forward to welcoming guests back by October [this year].”

This was a second fire in about four years, following that of March 2015, when the entire lodge was destroyed by a runaway veld fire that affected large parts of the Cape Peninsula.

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