Electrical fault suspected in V&A Waterfront fire

2018-11-14 19:21
Emergency vehicles outside the basement parking at the V&A Waterfront where a fire broke out. (Marelise Van Der Merwe, Fin24)

Emergency vehicles outside the basement parking at the V&A Waterfront where a fire broke out. (Marelise Van Der Merwe, Fin24)

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

An electrical fault is suspected to be the cause of a fire that led to the V&A Waterfront being evacuated, emergency services said on Wednesday.

Fire department spokesperson Theo Layne said the blaze broke out just after 18:00 in the basement of the Pick n Pay centre.

"It is an electrical transformer that was alight. The fire is currently contained. Two fire engines and one rescue vehicle still on scene. The cause of the fire was not yet determined."

The Waterfront tweeted that all shoppers had been evacuated and no injuries had been reported.

Emergency services were on the scene.

"The security ushered us out of the mall after the lights went off. We were not told what happened...," a worker at one of the mall shops who did not want to be named told News24.

"This one woman was still shopping. I had to tell her to drop her goods and leave the store. I had to grab her basket," said another worker.

Read more on:    v&a waterfront  |  cape town  |  fires

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.