Diesel-filled generator catches fire in Hatfield

2015-11-12 13:24

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Pretoria - Tshwane firefighters were called out to Hatfield on Thursday morning when a generator containing 1 000 litres of diesel caught fire.

The generator, located between two buildings, caught fire just after 09:00.

Emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said black smoke was billowing into the air when they arrived at the Fields building.

"Initially we thought it was a building on fire, but on arrival, we found a huge generator that supplies power to Spar was on fire. The generator contained 1 000 litres of diesel," he said.

Pieterse said it took the 20-strong firefighting team from three stations about 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The fire's intensity had cracked windows.

"We evacuated the buildings; put out the fire and protected the buildings from catching fire. There were no injuries and no smoke inhalation," he said.

The cause was still unknown, but investigations were under way with the report expected early next week.

Pieterse added the team's quick response averted a huge disaster.

"The flames were between 15-20 metres in the air. If it wasn't for the quick response, this could have been a serious disaster," he said.

City property spokesperson Lize Nel said there was no structural damage.

"There was minimal smoke damage, therefore minimal cost. We are awaiting a report from the fire department," she said.

As the country was gripped by a serious water shortage, Pieterse appealed to the public to be cautious when it came to fires. He said the drought was affecting them.

"The water crisis is a huge concern for us. We appeal to the public to report fires immediately, because the sooner we can get there, the quicker we can deal with it," he said.

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