Tshwane crews fight thatched-roof house fire in Moreleta Park, Pretoria
City of Tshwane fire crews responded to a thatched-roof house fire in Hesketh Drive, Moreleta Park in Pretoria on Monday, 13 September 2021. “Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer at the City of Tshwane Emergency Services, said, “The City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department Emergency Call Centre (ECC) received a notification of a thatched roof house that was on fire at approximately 09h18. The ECC dispatched Engine E112 from Station 11 (Erasmuskloof) and Ambulance 24/129 at approximately 09h20. E112 reported visible flames and a large cloud of black smoke could be seen before they arrived on the scene.”
“The ECC activated and dispatched Station 4 (Silverton), Station 9 (Hatfield), Station 3 (Centurion), Station 1 (Central) and Station18 (Hazelwood) as backup to combat the fire. E112 arrived first on the scene at approximately 09h34, established command and identified a staging area. The thatched-roof double-storey house was engulfed by fire, with huge flames and massive amounts of smoke. Three houses adjacent to the house on fire were also exposed to the intense heat and flames,” said Mabaso.
“The primary objective of E112 was to stop the fire from spreading further to other houses and to initiate the fire attack. Station 4 and Station 9 arrived on the scene and the incident commander assigned them sectors as follows: Station 11 (Sector 1), Station 4 (Sector 2) and Station 9 (Sector 3.”
“Most of the thatched roof had already collapsed when the fire attack and exposure protection operation commenced. It was reported that a 75-year-old person was still inside the house. The collapsed thatched roof made it difficult to enter the house to conduct a search.”
“A six-metre thatched roof lapa from an adjacent dwelling partially caught fire because of the fire spread but fire fighters managed to save it from complete destruction by the fire.”
“A fire fighter and six members of the public who were assisting with ground operations, received oxygen therapy from ambulances that were on the scene and were released.”
“A body of a female person burnt beyond recognition was discovered when the fire was brought under control and was declared deceased by a paramedic. Fire extinguishment and hotspot cooling down was completed at approximately 16h00. The scene was then handed over to the South African Police Service. All resources were demobilised at approximately 16h10 and all vehicles were available for calls,” said Mabaso.
The following is a list of resources and personnel that were on the scene:
“The members of the community and security officers who were on the scene were very supportive to fire fighting crews by offering to assist laying hoses and providing drinking water to the crews”, concluded Mabaso.
Source: Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer, City of Tshwane Emergency Services