Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Forty-five people left displaced following Bonteheuwel fire

Forty-five people, including 15 children, have been left displaced after a fire ripped through Bonteheuwel, on Monday.

Ward councillor, Angus McKenzie said the incident happened in Bessie and Boekenhout street, destroying 15 structures and 3 homes.

‘’Thankfully there was no lose of life however a dog sadly perished in the blaze. 15 children and 30 adults lost everything in this fire.’’

Spokesperson for the City’s Fire & Rescue Service, Jermaine Carelse, said firefighters was alerted of the blaze at 11:35.

SCREENSHOT: Fire ravaged in Bessie Street, Bonteheuwel

‘’Upon arrival of the first crew, the officer, called upon additional resources to contain the spread of fire. A total of four fire engines, two water tankers and 24 firefighters battled the blaze which was extinguished at approximately 14:00.’’

Carelse said the cause of the fire is unknown, however McKenzie alleges the fire was caused by perpetrators slashing the fire hose.

‘’ Sadly the extent of the fire damage could have been prevented if individuals did not slash the fire hose. I am appealing to community members to advise who the individual is so that he can be arrested and accordingly charged for reckless and irresponsible actions.’’

The ward councillor pleaded with residents to donate non-perishable items, clothes, etc.

‘’Anyone able to help or assist can directly drop off donations in Bessie Avenue or Boekenhout Street, Bontehuewel,’’ said ward councillor, Angus McKenzie.


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