Joburg fire destroys 25 cars

The cause of a fire that destroyed 25 cars in Woodmead, Johannesburg, is unknown.

Said Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe: “There are a lot of stories, including that the fire was caused by two children playing with fireworks and the grass caught fire. At this stage it can’t be confirmed and we will investigate the incident.”

She said people at the scene had alleged that children were playing with fireworks on the grass parking area and the grass caught fire and “quickly spread” to the vehicles.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said there were no injuries reported.

“I can confirm that the fire is out. The cars were parked on a grass parking,” he said.

Vermaak said they first received a call about the fire at 11.45am.

Most of the cars belonged to Muslim men who had gathered at Mia’s Farm for a weekend of spiritual rejuvenation.

The event had been arranged by the Waterval Islamic Institute.

Police could not immediately be reached for comment.

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