Only started operating 3 months ago, will meet with owners in coming days, they need to find accommodation as staff quarters are gone, equipment, laptops, desktops etc gone. Business closed until further notice
Inspection and certification done the month of occupancy, hoses and extinguishers. I wasn't onsite at the time of the fire, other photos show equipment strewn all over from attempts at saving the building. We had over 80 fire fighters covering the whole area, SE winds are not for the faint hearted
More realistically buildings are required to have firefighting equipment adequate for fighting small fires (that would reasonably be expected during the conduction of normal business activities), and not for fending off large blazes that an entire fire department can barely handle.
Few news updates, but the fire has spread and is ongoing. There is still a strong wind in the area, and the direction has shifted somewhat. I can see a large smoke plume over the Kogelberg, and could smell smoke all last night in Kenilworth (40km away!)
(Day 4). It is burning in the mountain; no homes are being threatened. #WOF_WC teams were on the line through the night: fresh teams replaced them this morning. Estimated burnt area is currently 3 500 hectares of vegetation.
PLEASE NOTE the Sparks Bay & Koggel Bay Resort campers are being evacuated due to the fire descending from above Blousteen peak. Firefighter, aerial support and tenders on scene. R44 will remain closed.
Very sorry for your loss of work.
If the business was insured correctly and if the broker knew their products and covers then the cover for you salary should be paid by the insurer's till the hotel is up and running again.
Please check this out.
Man accused of starting fatal Overstrand fire appears in court
CALEDON - The man accused of causing the fire that's ravaging parts of the Overstrand has appeared in court.
Shelton April appeared in the Caledon Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon.
A Pringle Bay resident died from smoke inhalation last week at the height of the wildfire. Two other people were injured.
He’s facing one count of contravening the National Environmental Management Act. The court has heard two more charges could be brought against him.