One of Cape Town’s most beloved pubs, The Fireman’s Arms, is no more. The pub, located in De Waterkant, is said to have been burning in the early hours of this morning, and the damage is extensive.

According to eye witness accounts, the fire was large and blazed fiercely.

Jermaine Carelse, a City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson, has confirmed that the pub burned.

The Fireman’s Arms is one of Cape town’s oldest pubs (Source: Supplied)

Established in 1864, Fireman’s Arms is one of the finest and oldest pubs in Cape Town providing beer and wine to its patrons, along with hearty pub fare and light meals. The pub has undergone renovations and improvements over the years while keeping the original building and ambiance and offers high definition viewing and big screen events to its patrons.


“The Fire and Rescue Service received the emergency call to a building alight at 2.51 am this morning,” Carelse said. “Two fire engines, a rescue vehicle and 12 staff were on the scene. The fire was extinguished at 4.24 am. The entire outside serving area,  consisting of tables and chairs were destroyed. The exterior of the building was only slightly damaged by the fire.”

“The cause is undetermined and no injuries were reported,” he added.

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.