Fire rips through cold-storage facility in Hammarsdale

A fire continues to burn at a cold storage facility in Hammarsdale in KZN. eNCA anchor, Thulasizwe Simelane speaks to Ntuthuko Mathe from the eThekwini fire department for more. #DStv403 #eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - A cold-storage facility is burning in Hammarsdale in KwaZulu-Natal, as people continue looting.

The eThekwini fire department had to withdraw as the number of looters grew and things turned violent.

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The department says it's waiting for police intervention before it goes back to put out the fire.

"When we got there, we had some police and the army that were in the facility, we then committed some of our men to do the firefighting and then the police had to leave, there was a roadblock that was being done on the main road opposite the facility," said Ntuthuko Mathe from the eThekwini fire department.

"When the police left then people came back, more than 300 people or so and then started becoming hostile to the firefighters so we had to retreat."


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