It has been a season of veld fires. The latest one was a large fire broke out next to the Sasol garage in Buffelsfontein Street, in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, on Thursday afternoon sending plooms of smoke that could be seen from most directions in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality firefighters were on hand to fight the blaze while local police were also on hand controlling traffic as smoke obscured visibility in that potion of the road. The fire started around 3pm and continued to spread throughout the veld in the surrounding area. Firefighters were quick to make sure that the fire didn’t reach the Sasol garage and managed to contain it around 6pm.
The fire spread towards the Kings Court shopping Centre but firefighters kept it contained before reaching the nearby complexes of the residents.
At the time of publishing, information was not immediately available as to how the fire started.