Mysterious fire terrorises residents
RESIDENTS had a hard time trying to put out a mysterious fire which spread and covered almost all areas around KoNtshingila.
On Wednesday, residents from some of these areas had put everything aside to attend to the fire as the raging flames were a threat to some homesteads.
No one seemed to have a clue as to what caused the fire. Some of the affected areas were Ebenezer and Jerusalem.
Residents said what was surprising was that when they tried putting out flames from one area, another fire incident would be reported elsewhere and they would be forced to rush there. But in no time, more incidents of fire were reported in other areas. “As we speak, we are in the hills trying to put it out. Already, destruction has been caused as water pipes have been burnt and right now homesteads have no water. Schools have also been affected as some of the water pipes which have been burnt were connected from the source of supply to some of these schools. It’s really bad,” Sincedzile Simelane, an active community police in the area, explained.
Simelane said residents tried calling the fire department as the situation was getting out of control.
“Fire brigades arrived to assist but they cannot be everywhere at the same time and now they are overwhelmed,” said Simelane. Simelane said also affected were farmers, especially those with vegetable gardens, as the pipes drawing water from the source were not spared by the flames. “In some of these areas, there are vegetable gardens for associations and the damage caused by the fire will be a setback for them and replacing the pipes will not come cheap,” said another resident. “It’s already in the evening but some of the residents are still battling with the fire which started in the morning at around 0800 hours,” said another resident.