Reward offered for info on cause of deadly Overstrand fire

genetic

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Companies that build lodges, hotels and other public facilities close to fire prone areas should really invest more in primary fire fighting equipment.

Our company was delayed by moving into our new premises by almost two months as the CoCT had said the fire sprinklers wern't up to scratch, and had to be replaced.
 

smi

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Companies that build lodges, hotels and other public facilities close to fire prone areas should really invest more in primary fire fighting equipment.
I will reserve comment on the builder's in the area.
 

konfab

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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
:crying:
Sorry to hear that.
 

theratman

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Father has a house in Rooi Els, fortunately untouched. He went through at 3am this morning to see what he could do. Sorry about the hotel smi.
 

genetic

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I will reserve comment on the builder's in the area.
Public establishments are always inspected by the City's firefighting authority to give clearance before occupation.
Either the establishment managed to get out of this, or bribed an official.

Either way, the primary fighting equipment for such a new establishment was clearly ill-equipped.
 

smi

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It will be an interesting start for me this 2019. Typical SA fashion, suck it up, dust off and just push on
 

smi

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Public establishments are always inspected by the City's firefighting authority to give clearance before occupation.
Either the establishment managed to get out of this, or bribed an official.

Either way, the primary fighting equipment for such a new establishment was clearly ill-equipped.
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
 

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Public establishments are always inspected by the City's firefighting authority to give clearance before occupation.
Either the establishment managed to get out of this, or bribed an official.

Either way, the primary fighting equipment for such a new establishment was clearly ill-equipped.
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.
 

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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!)

Twitter updates: https://twitter.com/hashtag/WOF_WC

(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.
Edit: I downloaded some satellite images from yesterday (Fri 4th), morning and afternoon (cloudy).

Terra_fire_Kogelberg[20190104].jpg
Aqua_fire_Kogelberg[20190104].jpg

Edit #2: R44 Clarence Drive coastal road closed. Map of (yesterday's) active burning area:
Edit #4: Clearer satellite image from this afternoon (Sat 6th).
Aqua_fire_Kogelberg[20190106].jpg
 
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Gordon_R

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Day 6, the fire continues to spread, and the wind is unabated. Mostly over mountainous terrain yesterday, but starting to threaten infrastructure today:
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.
DwN66cRX4AA7fVr[Kogel_Baai_fire].jpg
 

Hemi300c

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As of today, I am jobless because of that complete spyrogyro rubbish.
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.
 

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schumi

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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.
More at: https://ewn.co.za/2019/01/07/man-accused-of-starting-fatal-overstrand-fire-appears-in-court
 

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Can't help wondering if somebody else is going around starting fires in these areas to exacerbate the situation.
 
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