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UPDATE: #Durbanfire under control

The fire is now under control according to Rescue Care's Garrith Jamieson.

IT’S been more than 24 hours since a fire broke out at the largest wax warehouse in the southern hemisphere n South Coast Road near the Durban harbour.

Firefighters have worked tirelessly throughout the night to douse the flames.

According to Rescue Care’s Garrith Jamieson the fire is now under control.

Despite rumours of an evacuation operation doing the rounds, government has not yet granted the city permission to evacuate people in the nearby residential area.

Meanwhile, the Durban community has come together to assist the firefighters in every way they can and various Facebook community groups and neighbourhood watches have requested people help by donating bottled water and refreshments for the firefighters.

Clouds of black smoke were an ominous sight for two days due to the fire.

Thanks must go to the impressive and dedicated work of fire fighters, police, paramedics, Gift of the Givers and all those who assisted.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area. South Coast Road has been closed from the M7 to Bayhead Road in both directions due to the fire.

 

 

According to Disaster Management, the operation to separate the hot zone from the hay bales and and ammonium was successful.
“A grader was brought in for this purpose.

“Thus fire spread has been contained. So the flame is restricted to the wax section currently.

“In essence, the plan is to allow the wax to burn out and si we will see the plume of black smoke continuing it’s northerly trajectory today.
“The wind SW is prevalent today but not as strong as yesterday and estimated just under 20kms.
“Rainfall or overcast conditions were the order of the day. However it was light showers.
“Our advisories will be available to disseminate info regarding filtering of air if the plume drops.
“Currently it us tracking out to sea and still fairly high. Any change of plan will be communicated promptly.”

Thanks to the impressive and dedicated work of fire fighters, police, paramedics, Gift of the Givers and all those who assisted.

 

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Khethukuthula Lembethe-Xulu

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