Fire de­stroys 24 cars at Ij­tima meet­ing

Weekend Witness - - Religion - CHARLEA SIEBER­HA­GEN

TWO dozen cars were to­tally burned out at a Mus­lim spir­i­tual meet­ing, which was held in Wood­mead, Jo­han­nes­burg, yes­ter­day.

A fire started at about 11.30 am at Mia’s Farm, where the Water­val Is­lamic In­sti­tute is host­ing about 10 000 men at an Ij­tima meet­ing dur­ing the long week­end.

Bi­lal Ibrahim, one of the meet­ing’s se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, said quick think­ing by sev­eral peo­ple had saved some 100 cars from the flames, which had spread rapidly over the short grass of the park­ing area near the tent in which the meet­ing was held.

He said peo­ple broke win­dows and pushed the ve­hi­cles away from the flames.

Fire­fight­ers ar­rived quickly at the scene and had doused the flames by 2 pm.

Jo­han­nes­burg emer­gency ser­vices spokesper­son Nana Radebe said peo­ple at the scene al­lege that chil­dren were play­ing with fire­works and the grass caught fire.

ER24 spokesper­son Werner Ver­maak said there were no in­juries. Po­lice could not im­me­di­ately com­ment. — Sapa.

PHOTO: COR­NEL VAN HEER­DEN

A num­ber of cars were gut­ted in a fire at a Mus­lim meet­ing, hosted yes­ter­day by the Water­val Is­lamic In­sti­tute at Mia’s Farm in Jo­han­nes­burg. No one was in­jured. Or­gan­is­ers say the spir­i­tual re­ju­ve­na­tion meet­ing will con­tinue.

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