Christmas day fire destroys Struandale Delta Motor Corporation plant

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Fire fighters are fighting a ravaging fire which is currently blazing through the Struandale Delta Motor Corporation plant in Port Elizabeth.

It is not clear what the source of the fire is, but initial investigations indicate that it was caused by a veld fire which started on the outside of the neighbouring Algoa College of Education.

Due to the winds that are blowing Westerly, the fire has spread to the neighbouring factories, causing much concern.

The worst affected of the cluster of firms is Delta, where the fire has reached the main office block.

Several sounds of explosions could be heard from the neighbouring Algoa Park residential area.

A security guard on duty at the MW Wheels factory, which is situated next door to Delta said she saw fumes as she was doing inspections.

"I was shocked to see the darkness of the smoke and immediately called for fire fighters," she said.

"My worry is that we have various kinds of gases within our own plant and if the fire spreads to our side, it will be disastrous."

The plant is currently closed for December holidays.

Source: The net
 

LaraC

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So nobody called when the veld fire started. :(

Many people will be affected if the factory doesn't open in the new year.
 

j4ck455

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Many people will be affected if the factory doesn't open in the new year.
Potentially lots of jobs that will be lost at a time (Q1) when most people are financially most vulnerable and trying to pay off their December debt.

Presumably the company will eventually get paid out by insurance.

It is odd that a wind-driven veld fire could spread that easily to destroy an entire factory, something must have fuelled the fire from the veld onto the company's premises that then spread through the whole factory and was not put out by automated fire retardation systems.
 

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Potentially lots of jobs that will be lost at a time (Q1) when most people are financially most vulnerable and trying to pay off their December debt.

Presumably the company will eventually get paid out by insurance.

It is odd that a wind-driven veld fire could spread that easily to destroy an entire factory, something must have fuelled the fire from the veld onto the company's premises that then spread through the whole factory and was not put out by automated fire retardation systems.
If they insured properly then the wages of the workers could be covered under their Business Interruption cover.
 

j4ck455

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Were they not in the process of decommissioning the Struandale plant, or am I mistaken?
Now that would add an interesting twist, a bit of Googling suggests that the plant was not being decommissioned. Purely based on Googling it seems to be an engine manufacturing plant and has not been replaced by any other plant, although there is a new assembly plant in Silverton that opened earlier this year.

https://businesstech.co.za/news/mot...-multi-billion-rand-mega-factory-in-pretoria/

Strangely enough, the Struandale plant which covers 37ha received a conservation certificate in November for the control of invasive species, which is odd since that effort should surely have minimised the risk of the plant being taken out by a veld fire:

http://www.heraldlive.co.za/business/2016/11/15/conservation-nod-gmsa-plant/
 
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