Blaze guts garage at Eastern Cape premier's office

2017-06-30 17:01
Office of the Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle is on fire. (Supplied)

Office of the Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle is on fire. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - Staff were on Friday afternoon evacuated from the premises that house the Office of the Eastern Cape premier after an unused garage caught alight, the provincial spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga confirmed.

Those on site noticed a blaze around 15:00 and rushed out of the building. No injuries were reported.

"The blaze seems to have gutted an unused garage that is situated at the premises. The premier was not there. He is at the ANC's policy conference," Mbananga told News24.

He said reports that a carwash on the premises could have been a possible cause were incorrect, as there was no such business situated there.

"Firefighters must be allowed and given the space to conduct their investigations and determine the extent and cause of the damage."

Authorities were going through the structure to ensure the blaze was contained and put out. They also wanted to make sure everyone was out.

Mbananga said the structure that caught alight was part of an administrative building housing the director-general and other units. The legislature was next to that. The premier's actual office was about 1.5km away.

Earlier on Friday, the finance offices of the Gauteng Premier's department were destroyed in a fire. The apparent cause was an electrical fault.

Almost 300 staff members were evacuated from the offices and no injuries were reported.

Mbananga would not speculate on whether the fires were linked.

"That is for investigators to decide. If the two events are linked, law enforcement [officers] are more than capable of dealing with foul play."

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