Protestors attacked a fire station in the early hours of 12 July, setting a portion of the building alight.

Protestors blocked the firefighters at a nearby fire station from reaching the blaze by dragging burning debris into the road.

“Gugulethu Fire Station came under attack by protest action. The fire station was set alight,” said Theo Layne, spokesperson for the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services.

“Firefighters were forced to vacate the premises and remained in the drill yard until metro police and law enforcement had dispersed the protesters.”

The damage inflicted included several portions of the building being burned beyond repair. A security vehicle that was parked outside the fire station was also gutted.

Other damages include the watch room, offices at the rear of the station, bay doors and a security entrance gate.

“Firefighters from Mitchells Plain fire station responded to the incident but due to blocked roadways‚ caused by protesters‚ by placing burning debris and tyres on the roadway‚ they had to take a long detour. Fortunately no injuries occurred‚” Layne added.

It is not yet clear why the fire station was attacked.

Picture: Supplied/City of Cape Town


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