WATCH | Durban firefighters battle large blaze in Clairwood, one injured

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  • A firefighter has sustained injuries after being electrocuted while fighting a fire in Clairwood.
  • The blaze destroyed several dwellings in an informal settlement.
  • The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A firefighter has been treated for injuries sustained after being electrocuted while battling a large blaze in Clairwood, Durban.

Firefighters, paramedics and members of the metro police were called to Sirdar Road in Jacobs after a fire broke out on Thursday at approximately 20:00.

According to Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen, a firefighter suffered an electrocution injury due to illegal connections in the area.

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"The man is in a stable condition and [does] not require further hospital treatment," added Van Reenen.

ALS Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said they were also called out to the large fire in Sirdar Road.

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Paramedics battle a Durban fire.
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Paramedics battle a Durban fire.

"On arrival at the scene, it was found to be the informal settlement and bush that was on fire, next to the building," he said.

The eThekwini Municipality has urged residents to partner with the metro to rid communities of izinyokanyoka, or illegal electricity connections, as they are proving to be a serious threat to residents and emergency personnel, whose sole responsibility is to save lives.

"The City will conduct an assessment of the damage and commence with the process of providing relief to those affected," eThekwini Municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said.

Jamieson said the fire was contained by Thursday at 21:15.

The blaze destroyed several homes in the informal settlement.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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