Busi­ness counts cost af­ter fire

Zululand Eyethu - - FRONT PAGE - Larry Bent­ley

EARLY ris­ers re­ported a fire in the eShowe Spar build­ing at around 4am on Satur­day.

The uMlalazi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices are to be com­mended as they were on the scene within 15 min­utes of re­ceiv­ing the re­port.

Lo­cal farm­ers Cameron Steen­berg, Michael Abra­hams and Jono Chen­nells re­sponded with their fire carts and the flames were soon brought un­der con­trol.

Lyn­don Steen­berg and Doug Pear­son were also on hand, as­sist­ing wher­ever they could.

There were fears that the fire could spread to neigh­bour­ing shops, but there was no fur­ther dam­age.

In­sur­ance as­ses­sors were ex­pected to be on site on Tues­day, af­ter which a de­ci­sion as to what steps will be taken around the re-open­ing of the store and struc­tural re­pairs.

Owner, Sean McHugh says that the com­mu­nity pulled to­gether and averted what could have been an even big­ger dis­as­ter.

He says, ‘We live in the most in­cred­i­ble com­mu­nity!

‘A huge thank you to ev­ery­one who helped fight the blaze.’

He also thanked Ward 11 coun­cil­lor Stan Larkan who ral­lied the troops.

The fire will surely be a set­back as the store was gear­ing up for peak Christ­mas shop­ping.

Larry Bent­ley

Fire ten­ders fight­ing the blaze at the eShowe Spar on Satur­day

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