Firefighters battling to extinguish Pretoria wood factory blaze

2018-09-19 12:12
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Firefighters and other emergency services are battling to extinguish a blaze at a wood factory in East Lynne, Pretoria.  

"We are really struggling, because the wind is blowing terribly. There are a lot of challenges here, but we are trying our best," Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse told News24.

Pieterse said they were alerted to the fire around 05:30 on Wednesday morning.

He said the storeroom at the factory had caught fire and that a lot of damage had been caused.  

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"The roof caved in and there is a lot [of] heat released due to the wood. It's not easy to extinguish the fire if we can't move the piles of wood," Pieterse said.

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