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Marloth pensioner loses house in fire

A leased house in Marloth Park was destroyed in a fire, but thanks to the quick response and skills of the fire response team it did not spread to nearby houses.

A pensioner’s leased house was destroyed after it had caught fire in Leeu Street in Marloth Park on Saturday afternoon, May 25.

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The tenants of the house, a couple, were not at home at the time the fire started. The husband was in hospital and his wife had gone to visit him.

Some neighbours saw the fire and immediately called the Marloth Fire Response team. On arrival, the team made sure the vehicle at the house was towed away as it was in the path of the fire.

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A neighbour readily offered the use of his pool, allowing the fire response team to pump water from it to extinguish the flames. For this, the team and other community members thanked him.

Thatch burns quickly, and there was a risk of nearby houses catching alight. Thanks to the response and skills of the team, the fire did not spread. Smouldering after a fire like this normally occurs over the next few days, so the fire team and local security companies monitored the house and were on standby until it had stopped and there were no risks of a fire starting up again.

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The cause is still under investigation. Marloth Park Fire and Rescue chief Vaughan Potgieter thanked his team as well as all the local security companies, the community policing forum and community members for their quick responses and help in containing the fire to one property.

In case of a fire, contact Potgieter on 082 301 8145.

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