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How To Survive a Fire

Several fires have been causing destruction across South Africa in the past week.  Hundreds of families were left homeless and salvaging their belongings after a fire in the Gazine Informal Settlement near the Kwa Mai Mai market in Johannesburg caught fire.  At least 9 people were killed in the fire.

More recently the fire at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital made headlines as 0ver 700 people were evacuated from the building.   The most recent fire is still raging in Cape Town.  It has destroyed several buildings and parts of the University of Cape Town. Today, 4 firefighters were injured while battling the blaze.





With winter fast approaching, it is important to be aware of the dangers of runaway fires.  Informal settlements often fall victim to fires, mostly caused by burning candles or paraffin lamps, or heaters.  As the winter season approaches, informal settlements fall victim to fires because of candles and heating devices.


Uncontrolled wildfires spread quickly, especially on very hot and dry, windy days. If you do become trapped in your vehicle, car, or outside during a forest fire, you need to know how you can protect yourself.

• If you’re outside, hiking, or elsewhere, and realise you may be in danger, cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth or piece of clothing.
• If you are unsure of which way to run and can’t tell where the fire is coming from, try to find an area without any bush or vegetation or plants.
• If you know of a body of water nearby, get to it so that you can put it between yourself and the fire.
• Alternatively you can find a ditch or a low spot on the ground; keep low by lying face down and covering your body with things like wet clothing, soil, or mud.
• Call for emergency services immediately and inform your friends and family where you are by sending them a pin location.



• Shout “FIRE!” several times and go outside right away. Call emergency services.  If you live in a building with elevators, ALWAYS use the stairs. Leave all your belongings where they are and save your own life, it is more important.
• If closed doors or handles are warm to the touch or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open any doors that are warm to the touch.
• After the evacuation, meet the rest of the family members in a pre-determined location and remain there until everyone in the household is safely outside or rescued.



• Fill all sinks, bathtubs, and other large containers with cold water.
• Keep doors and windows closed, but do NOT lock them.
• Move furniture and curtains away from the windows and doors.
• If you can manage to do it safely, use a garden hose or sprinkler (or turn on your irrigation system) to wet the walls of your house and the outside grounds.
• Stay as far away as possible from flammable items.


• Drive to a place as far away from foliage and other flammable materials as possible.
• Find an open clearing to park in.
• Close your windows and air vents because to avoid smoke getting into your vehicle
• Lie on the floor of your car, cover yourself with clothing or a blanket and call emergency services.
• Let your loved ones know where you are by sending a pin location.

In life-threatening situations, it’s important to protect yourself. Your life is always more important than possessions.

Eskom confirms fire at Kendal Plant

While the country waits to find out if we’ll have uninterrupted electricity this weekend, Eskom has confirmed that a fire broke out at its Kendal power station earlier on Friday.

The utility said that one of its conveyor belts caught fire.

The blaze was extinguished and the conveyor belt has already been replaced.

The utility said that the station was now operating as usual.

South Africans had to put up with level three load shedding earlier this week due to breakdowns at Eskom’s aging power stations.

Eskom has also sent out a statement this morning assuring the public that its Koeberg nuclear plant was capable of withstanding any accidents.

It said that the structural integrity of the plant was regularly tested and the latest results showed that Koeberg met safety standards.

Factory on fire in Elandshaven, Alberton.

National Paramedics D01 and D03 as well as Fox / NPS response vehicles are on the scene. The cause of the fire is not yet clear and fire fighters are currently attempting to get the fire under control. All necessary services are on scene.
This is a developing story, and tame TIMES will update this article as more information becomes available.

Johannesburg CBD Building on fire

A building at the intersection of Jeppe and Eloff streets caught fire in Johannesburg CBD on Friday.  Emergency services were on scene trying to contain the blaze.

Traffic was diverted around the scene with several roads closed off.  There were luckily now injuries and only one person were treated for smoke inhalation.  The cause of the fire are still been investigated.

The fire damaged the first floor of the building.

News: Another fire has broken out at the Kruger National Park.

Berg en Dal restaurant is currently on fire in the Kruger National Park.

According to a statement from the Kruger National Park, “Rest camp staff, contractors and other people are currently busy trying to extinguish the fire which is contained in a section of the facility. There are currently no details yet as what could have caused the fire.
Fire investigators will be called on site to shed more light on what could have caused the fire. The facility has been extensively damaged and further updates will be provided as they come to light.”

This is the second fire in less than a week. On Wednesday evening a fire broke out at the Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park.


News: Massive fire at the Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park.

On Wednesday evening a fire broke out at the Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park.

Firefighting teams from Olifants and Phalaborwa were on the scene and the fire was brought under control with no casualties reported.


The TV room and the shop at the Letaba camp was destroyed in the fire.


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