Firefighters managed to limit the damage to other buildings in the Cape Town CBD by dousing a fire that completely gutted one building in the early hours of Wednesday [December 2] morning.

Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue spokesperson, Jermaine Carelse, confirmed that a multi-storey building in Albertus Street in the CBD was gutted. Luckily, there were no injuries in the blaze.

The building has been completely gutted.

“The City’s Fire and Rescue Service received an emergency call at 1am of a building alight. A total of 17 firefighting appliances and 70 staff members managed to contain the fire just after 6am. Crews managed to prevent the spread of fire to the adjacent art gallery,” said Carelse.

Firefighters are still on the scene in case of flareups. He added that the building has been deemed unsafe and an inspector has been requested to determine the structural integrity of the premises.


Pictures: City of Cape Town

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