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Firefighters stop St Francis blaze from spreading

2012-12-25 20:17

Johannesburg - Firefighters on Tuesday managed to stop a blaze from spreading in St Francis Bay after a holiday house caught fire, gutting the premises.

According to the St Francis Chronicle, a fire started around 12:00 at a thatched roof house being rented by a Johannesburg couple and Canadian friends on St Francis Bay's canals.

St Francis Bay firemen and the local disaster management team, including members of the NSRI were on on the scene in minutes , the St Francis Chronicle said.

A fierce wind was blowing and this led to another house diagonally across the road to start burning in a small section on its thatch roof, the report said.

Residents of about 20 other homes were evacuated as a safety measure.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading by dousing the roofs of all the neighbouring houses, the report said.

By 13:00 it emergency personnel had brought the fire under control.

The six holidaymakers managed to flee the house, which was gutted by the blaze.

The fire apparently started for no reason on the top floor.

St Francis Bay was filled to brim with holiday-makers who traditionally visit the area for Christmas holidays, according to a report.

Last month, 76 homes were destroyed by a blaze in the same area.


Comments
  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-25 20:33

    ANC Scorched Earth policy...burn all holiday homes....chase the whites and overseas investors away....YET VERY FEW CAN SEE THIS.DUMB AS DUMB CAN BE

      andrevanvuuren - 2012-12-25 20:39

      @robert.doyle- dumb as dumb can be says a lot about you and your tasteless comment!

      Punungwe - 2012-12-25 20:43

      If you don't have anything to say it is better to keep quiet than to open your mouth and show us the empty insides of your head.

      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-12-25 20:44

      Doyley, say hi to Boereninja for me.

      robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-26 03:23

      Hey Clones...the TRUTH is a bitter Pill to swallow so suck it up. Keep staring into the car lights you dumb Antelope with nothing left but hope lol.

      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-12-26 07:34

      Doyley, what evidence do you have to back up your assertion that the ANC started the fire? Half wits like you and Boereninja and Julius Malema are unlikely to have a sensible thought. But at least you keep reasonable people entertained with your pearly brainfarts.

      andrevanvuuren - 2012-12-26 10:08

      @robert.doyle...did the institution you are resident at remove your straight jacket in order to enable you to comment, or did your mate Ramon Allen post it on your behalf after posting his halfwitted comment as well? There are a few crackpots that post on News 24, but you take the cake...

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-25 20:48

    Kudos to the firefighting team.

  • damian.greyone - 2012-12-25 22:03

    @robert.doyle. You are a absolute tool.

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-12-25 22:42

    Did I miss something? Did the ANC started the fire?

  • RiD123 - 2012-12-26 06:25

    Why is thatched roofing even still allowed these days? major major fire risk!!!

  • dawie.leroux.94 - 2012-12-26 07:43

    Problem is that municipality allowed thatched roof houses to be built so close to each other. Pictures show thatched roofs just about touching those on adjacent properties. Time for new building regulations regarding thatched roofs?

  • simbarashe.muyengwa.3 - 2012-12-26 08:35

    Thank God they escaped

  • billyf100 - 2012-12-26 11:09

    Why not install sprinklers along the ridges of the thatched roofs? I have seen this done in the Elgin region. They could use municipal water or even a small pump and sea water.

  • john.tringham.1 - 2013-01-01 10:16

    @ robert doyle. You must keep off the booze, Boettie. The Mangaung piss-up was long ago. Take your guronsan - NOW.

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