Cape Town hospital site fire contained

2012-05-09 15:59

Cape Town - A fire that broke out at the construction site of the Mitchells Plain Hospital on Wednesday morning was largely under control, Cape Town fire and rescue said.

SpokespersonTheo Layne said the fire broke out at 11:00 in an administration wing on the site, at the corner of the R300 and AZ Berman drive.

"The main part of the fire is basically out, it's just some inaccessible areas inside the building which firefighters are now attending to. They are busy dampening down as we speak," he said.

No construction workers were in the area at the time the blaze began.

Lane said the damage to the area was significant.

"Most of that [area] will have to be rebuilt. It was almost completed. The project manager was saying the floor area was the only thing that had to be done."

The hospital, with a project value of about R394m, was due to be completed at the end of October this year.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-09 16:05

    What a tragedy for the community! Sounds suspicious, as there was no-one in the area where the fire started. One can't help but wonder who would do such a terrible thing...

      Godfrey - 2012-05-09 20:07

      Any one seem Juliaasss lately.

  • Ashwin - 2012-05-09 17:01

    Really tragic man..., the community has to wait anotha year perhaps for the damage to be repaired.....and with a project value of R394m...,.the poor tax payers are goin to have to cough up more. - 2012-05-10 13:09

      well the Dept of Public Works and the contractor both have insurances for such incidents, so the tax payers won't pay for it, it's the bank with whom these 2 have insurances with who will have too. obviously this all depends on the outcome of the investigation as to who is responsible.

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