Afriforum’s firefighting unit saved a house in Ifafi on Thursday night after an outbuilding went up in flames.
At around 20.00 hours a fire was reported in Ouwapad next to a car sales business and Afriforum’s firefighting unit was on the scene within minutes. A Wendy house had caught fire and was burning fiercely. The volunteer Afriforum team managed to douse the fire with the assistance of members of the Ifafi/Melodie neighbourhood watch and residents. “Within 30 minutes the fire had been extinguished, saving a house that was in danger of catching alight,” said Hartbeespoort CPF chairman, Romano van der Spuy. “A big thank you to Afriforum members and everyone who helped to bring the fire under control.” This is the second residential fire in less than a week. A house caught fire in an estate in Melodie last week. “The lack of firefighting services in Hartbeespoort has been a great concern for some time. The closest service is the Madibeng fire department in Brits, and when a residential fire is blazing, response time is critical. Afriforum Hartbeespoort obtained two water carts and equipment a while ago and is currently trying to raise funds for another water cart, more equipment and training. The community is urged to support this initiative to ensure that prompt firefighting services are available,” said Nelis Van Rensburg, of Afriforum. To support this initiative, contact him at 079 950 1750.