A devastating fire tore through the ‘green container’ informal settlement on Bremer Street, leaving more than 20 shacks in ruins on a fateful Tuesday afternoon. Helplessly, scores of residents could only watch as their homes and belongings were engulfed by the fierce flames as reported by Enews.
The fire is believed to have originated in one of the shacks and swiftly spread to adjacent ones, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Quick response from the Tshwane emergency services dispatched a fire engine to the scene as soon as the incident was reported at 12:39.
Upon arrival, firefighters were confronted with a harrowing sight – 25 shacks ablaze. These makeshift structures, constructed from corrugated metal and wood, proved to be highly susceptible to the spreading inferno.
The dedicated firefighting team managed to eventually extinguish the flames, but sadly, 20 shacks were entirely reduced to ashes. Their swift response played a crucial role in preventing the fire from advancing further and causing even more devastation.
The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, with no reported injuries at this time. The Hercules Community Policing Forum (CPF) urgently appealed for assistance and donations, as numerous residents in the settlement were left homeless and destitute.
Their plea encompasses donations of food, shelter, and clothing. The CPF expressed profound gratitude to those who came forward to lend a helping hand during this tragic incident, extending special thanks to the emergency and security services and all other stakeholders who assisted.
If you wish to contribute and assist in any way, please contact CPF Chairman Johan van Staden at 076 954 7333. Your support will go a long way in helping those affected by this heart-wrenching tragedy.
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