Work­shop gut­ted by fire

The Rep - - NEWS - BY ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

A WORK­SHOP of the Siyan­qoba fuel sta­tion in Ez­i­be­leni was gut­ted on Tues­day morn­ing.

Petrol at­ten­dant Xolisa Kala said he was in­formed that the work­shop was on fire at about 5am.

A se­cu­rity com­pany rushed to the scene, but Kala said smoke was bil­low­ing from the work­shop, which was locked. The door was kicked in but no-one was able to en­ter the premises.

Buck­ets filled with wa­ter and a hose pipe were used to ex­tin­guish the blaze with the fire brigade ar­riv­ing about an hour later.

Fel­low petrol at­ten­dant Eric Mase­lane said he was scared that the fire – and sub­se­quent dam­age to the petrol sta­tion – may lead to peo­ple los­ing their jobs. Mo­torist Mal­i­bongwe Fololo said as the petrol sta­tion was the only one in the area, it was hoped it would soon be fully func­tional.

Sta­tion owner Mo­hammed Mayat said dam­age was es­ti­mated at mil­lions but he could not com­ment fur­ther.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Namhla Mdle­leni said no case had been opened but that no foul play was sus­pected.

Pic­ture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

ASHES: The gut­ted work­shop of the Siyan­qoba fuel sta­tion

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