Thursday, June 24, 2021

April fire concluded to have been intentionally started

 Fire that tore across parts of Cape Town in April has concluded that the blaze was intentionally started accordinf to an independent probe.

SANParks appointed Enviro Wildfire Services to investigate the cause of the blaze.

Independent investigator Rob Erasmus said that his investigation led to the fact that the fire did not start naturally or accidentally. Using photos from social media he was able to reconstruct the early stages of the fire.

These included pictures taken by hikers, mountain bikers, someone who was on a flight around the Cape Peninsula and footage from CCTV cameras.

Erasmus said that footage showed a vehicle pulling off onto the shoulder of the road, it proceeded to drive very slowly until it reached a point close to where the fire had originated.

unfortunately the authorities could not determine the vehicle's registration number. The City of Cape Town is now looking at offering a reward in exchange for information that could lead to an arrest.

by Everngelista Muza

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