Stop Press!! Another canal house gutted in fierce fire and wind on Christmas Day

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House burning.  Photo Sharon Welman

Another fire started around midday today at a thatched roof house in Canal Road on St Francis Bay’s canals (25 December 2012) 

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The fire at no 5 Canal Road burning. Photo: Richard Arderne

St Francis Bay firemen and the local disaster management team, including members of the NSRI were on the scene in minutes . They were able to prevent the fire from spreading by dousing the roofs of all the neighbouring houses. Also submersible pumps were promptly brought in and there were many fire hoses wetting roofs.

A fierce wind was blowing and this led to another house diagonally across the road to start burning in a small section on the thatch roof. At 1.30 pm it appeared that the fire crew had brought this fire under control . The holiday home unfortunately could not be saved and was severely gutted.

The house at No 5 was being rented by a Johannesburg couple and their Canadian friends. One of the occupants said the group was about to settle down to Christmas lunch when the fire started. They declined to have their names published in the press.

Crowd watches the cnal house burning at lunch time today. Photo: Sharon Welman

Crowd watches the canal house burning at lunch time today.  Photo: Sharon Welman

The six people in the house managed to escape before the blaze took over and some of the tourists managed to grab their passports.

The fire apparently started for no reason on the top floor, the occupants said. These vacationers have lost all their possessions.

Other photos will follow later.

* Watch a Video of the Christmas Day fire (25 December 2012):  

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