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Parliament’s Old Assembly Building set alight

A fire has caused extensive damage to parliament’s Old Assembly Building in the Mother City. The blaze, that has since been contained, affected upper floor areas including offices and committee meeting rooms. The rest of the parliament building was not affected. A large part of the building including certain parts[…]

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37 homeless after Lost City fire

Six families were left destitute after a fire ripped through their homes in Lost City, Mitchells Plain on Sunday. Fire and Rescue Services fire chief Ian Schnetler said four wood and iron structures and a formal dwelling were destroyed in the fire, which ravaged Jacqueline Street in Tafelsig. Schnetler said[…]

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Weekend blaze contained in Hout Bay

Firefighters are battling an intense fire on the mountain slopes at Grotto road in Hout Bay, which has now reached the peak of the mountain. Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Edward Bosch said four fire engines, two water tankers with 25 fire fighters as well as additional crews of National[…]

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New wildfire rips through northern California

A new wildfire was raging in northern California on Friday, having already devastated almost 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) in just two days and continuing to spread. Dubbed the Delta Fire, the blaze was the latest outbreak to hit the region this summer, and was said by officials to have been[…]

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Venezuela jailbreak attempt sparks blaze, 68 dead

A fire allegedly set during an attempted jailbreak from Venezuelan police holding cells killed 68 people on Wednesday, the country’s top prosecutor and inmates’ rights group says. The blaze at the detention facility in Carabobo state is the latest in a series of deadly incidents in Venezuela’s overcrowded jails. “In[…]

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Questions raised about GSH blaze

Questions are being raised about the circumstances surrounding the death of a male patient who sustained fatal burns after a fire broke out at Groote Schuur Hospital. The City’s Fire and Rescue Service responded to a blaze in Ward G17 at 22h30 on Sunday evening. Fire and Rescue Service’s spokesperson[…]

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Family shattered as blaze victim clings to life

As Gloria Abrahams clings to life in a Cape Town hospital, her father is left to take stock after a fire shattered his family and altered the fibre of Mitchells Plain. Patrick Abrahams will mourn the loss of his teenage sons, Kyle and Joshua, as well as 3-year-old Nikita, his[…]

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Fighting a fire like taming a beast, says firefighter

Sixteen years ago, a young Johan Botha was on the frontline as a devastating inferno ravaged thousands of hectares of farmlands and vineyards in the Simonsberg area. “Today is like déjà vu,” the seasoned firefighter told News24 at the end of a gruelling 24-hour shift. He has remained at the[…]

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