Fire­fight­ers kept busy

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - – Gareth Wil­son

Fire­fight­ers tack­led a blaze in a va­cant build­ing in North End on Satur­day.

The fire, which started at about 1pm, was ex­tin­guished within an hour. The cause was not yet known.

On Sun­day, fire­fight­ers re­sponded to 15 calls in the metro, mostly veg­e­ta­tion fires.

In the af­ter­noon, a fire broke out in dense bush be­tween Sum­mer­strand and Walmer, near the air­port.

Act­ing metro fire chief Wayne Hendricks said wind and the ter­rain, which made it dif­fi­cult for ve­hi­cles to get to the flames, ham­pered ef­forts to ex­tin­guish the blaze.

Fire­fight­ers from the air­port had also been alerted to as­sist with block­ing its progress..

Other fires were in Kwaza­khele, Stre­litzia Park, Rock­lands, Schaud­erville, Red­house, Wells Es­tate and Gel­van­dale.

Hendricks said that by 6pm most fires had been ex­tin­guished, but the Walmer bush fire was still burn­ing.

Pic­tures: WERNER HILLS

NORTH END IN­FERNO: Fire­fight­ers bat­tle a blaze that broke out on Satur­day af­ter­noon at a build­ing on the cor­ner of Broad and Matthew streets

BUSH ABLAZE: Thick smoke bil­lows from a fire in dense bush be­tween Sum­mer­strand and Walmer, near the Port El­iz­abeth air­port

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