Hairdryer may have sparked fire
A HAIRDRYER is suspected to have allegedly sparked a fire that gutted a home on Carter Drive in Athlone on Saturday.
Pietermaritzburg Fire Department’s divisional officer Godfrey Mchunu said there were ongoing investigations to establish the cause of the fire but said they suspect that the fire was sparked by a hairdryer that was allegedly left on the table without being switched off.
Mchunu said they attended the house fire around noon.
“Half the house was already gutted when we arrived and the roof had collapsed but fortunately no one was injured,” said Mchunu, adding that all the bedrooms were destroyed.
The only places that they managed to save were the dining room, lounge and half the kitchen.
Mchunu said the person who was at the house when the fire broke out was apparently a relative who was housesitting as the owners of the house were away on holiday.
“Although we are still investigating, we suspect that the hairdryer started the fire. The relative said she had used it to dry her hair after taking a bath and had left it on top of the table then left the room.
“She said she saw smoke coming from the bedroom and rushed to save her dogs before calling the fire department,” said Mchunu.
Mchunu said the house owners were informed about the fire and had said they were driving back home from Durban.