Bucket chain too slow to stop fires engulfing homes in Jika Joe

2015-08-17 09:10
Shacks ablaze at the Jika Joe settlement in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Shacks ablaze at the Jika Joe settlement in the early hours of yesterday morning. (ER24)

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OVER 50 homes in the Jika Joe informal settlement were destroyed in a blaze early yesterday morning, but nobody was injured.

When emergency services arrived at the settlement at 1.45 am, at least 50 houses were reportedly well alight, and some had already been burned to the ground.

ER24 paramedic Andrew Rogers said paramedics set up on Manning Avenue to treat any injured people while the Msunduzi Fire Department went around to Ash Road where there was a working fire hydrant nearby.

“No one was injured in the fire,” said Rogers.

“The residents had set up a water bucket system and were passing water to each other to fight the fire, but due to the size and how rapidly it spread, this was ineffective.”

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said disaster management would provide those whose homes had been destroyed in the fire with food parcels and blankets.

She added that tents would also be set up for those people who had lost their homes.

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