Firefighters struggle to extinguish blaze in 'Plain

The City’s Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said firefighters responded to reports of a house and four informal structures burning in Megan Street on Sunday night.
The crew met with crowds of people who were pugnacious when firefighters tried to extinguish a blaze in Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain.
Carelse said that the first arriving fire crew were confronted by an extremely hostile crowd. The army and SAPS, who were already on the scene, left the area as firefighters battled the fire.
Carelse added that residents were swearing and banging on cars.
Tafelsig ward councillor, Washiela Harris, spoke to residents who said that firefighters arrived late, and denies any allegations of stopping the workers from extinguishing the blaze.
Police spokesperson Siyabulela Malo confirmed that the blaze was extinguished just before midnight and that no injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this stage. Malo added that no foul play is suspected.

Done By: Mitchum George


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