Veld fires spiral out of control in Izotsha

2018-07-12 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedResidents and motorists are cautioned against throwing cigarette butts into the veld.

PHOTO: suppliedResidents and motorists are cautioned against throwing cigarette butts into the veld.

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RAGING fires ravaged through Izotsha on Monday night, burning through areas between Izotsha Primary School and Grace Brick & Blocks on the P200.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality fire department said they received several emergency calls at the same time, alerting them of the fire which caused poor visibility on the road.

Following the incident, the municipality issued a stern warning to starters of veld fires, including smokers, both pedestrian and motorists.

“We would like to warn members of the public against starting veld fires or unmonitored fires as these may lead to destruction of property and anyone caught or identified to have started such fire which has resulted to that may face a charge of arson,” said municipal spokesperson Simon April.

“The warning also goes to smokers not to throw cigarette butts which are not dowsed as they have a great potential of starting fires since we are in the windy season.

“We are further asking smoking drivers never to throw their cigarette butts out of vehicle windows as a single burning butt can wreak havoc on people’s lives and cause significant damage,” said April.

He said offenders could face a heavy fine and they could be arrested and charged with arson if the act of dropping a burning butt causes a fire. A person who causes a fire may even be sued for damages.

“Fire services were despatched to the fire in Izotsha and, on arrival, they extinguished the fire. Luckily there were no injuries nor loss of property,” said April.

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