Blazing fire lit up the night sky
Rustenburg – People staying close to a property where a fire broke out on Tuesday night 16 June, took to social media, reporting that they heard what they thought to be gun shots or crackers. Shortly after about 23h30 a concerned neighbour who noticed the smoke, sounded the alarm.
At that time, a dark cloud of smoke was billowing from the property at the corner of Enkeldoring and Bakhout Avenue in Protea Park, causing poor visibility down the street.
No one was injured in the fire which destroyed the garage, flat, lapa and part of the main house on the property.
Apparently Annerie, who stays in a flat on the same property as her parents, phoned them when the power tripped. The Jordt-couple and their daughter were able to flee their homes, unharmed.
Neighbours used garden hoses to stop the fire from spreading to an adjacent property. Although the roof and wall of the garage of the adjacent property was damaged by the intense heat, their desperate battle paid off, and they were relieved when the fire brigade finally showed up.
At 10 minutes to twelve, a family member of one of the neighbours who rushed over to help, spotted a fire engine standing at the corner of Mispel Avenue and Kruger Street, not knowing where to go. He signalled them to follow him to the scene of the fire.
Firefighters battled the blaze for the next hour and a half, eventually bringing it under control at half past one on Wednesday morning.
A neighbour told the Platinum Weekly: “I was still trying to figure out where the popping noises were coming from when we received a call from one of our neighbours. We were met by an orange glow when we went outside. I could see the flames towering up behind our garage, sending up sparks and cinders. It was terrifying.”
The cause of the fire, which apparently started in the garage, spreading to the flat and then to the lapa and main house on the property, is yet to be determined.
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