Residents risk lives to help fight Drakenstein fire

2019-10-12 21:11
(File, Gallo Images)

(File, Gallo Images)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Several houses were damaged in a fire that started in the Magnolia Street area of the Drakenstein earlier on Saturday.  

It is unclear how the fire started. However, according to Drakenstein Farm Watch (DFW), it "spread rapidly, taking its toll on people's possessions and houses".

"Upon arrival and accompanied by our security partners, Fidelity ADT, the DFW fire crew and DFW medical team rushed to the fire centre, putting lots of water to the flames.

"The heat was immense," DFW said.

It said residents tried to save their belongings, putting themselves in danger.

One man collapsed after suffering smoke inhalation while trying to retrieve his belongings.

"[He] was seen and taken by the DFW medics and fire crew out of the fire area.

"Our DFW medic Garth Botha, who also is with the metro ambulance services, took care of the man and gave him oxygen. The man was taken [away] by metro ambulance.”

Many residents also risked their lives to help emergency services officials.

"The DFW crew made sure all residents on their side of the fire were out of the buildings," DFW said.

Read more on:    fires

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.