Ongwediva fire fighters kill fire at lawyer's house

16 Nov 2017 12:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – Prompt response by the Ongwediva Fire Brigade prevented a raging fire of a thatch roof from damaging the main house on the same premises here Wednesday afternoon.
Owner of the property, local lawyer Pieter Greyling, told Nampa the fire broke out at about 18h00 but fire fighters arrived on time and contained the fire before it could spread.
“Prompt response on the part of the fire fighters and the assistance from the neighbours helped me a lot, and prevented the fire from destroying my house completely,” said Greyling, who estimated the damage at over N.dollars 100 000.
The house is situated in Extension 11.
The nearby fire hydrant, which is not found in every street at Ongwediva, provided enough water for the fire fighting team to easily extinguish the fire.
Just a few days earlier, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa bemoaned the “ineffective response” the town’s fire fighters exercised during the fire outbreak experienced at the Ongwediva Town Lodge last month, despite the fact that their station is situated within a 500 metres radius.
“Recently, I have learned with shock that the Ongwediva Town Council fire brigade could not respond to a fire outbreak (at Ongwediva Town Lodge) as the fire fighting vehicle was sent to the scene with an empty water tank,” said Shaningwa on Monday whilst officially inaugurating the Ongwediva Fire Station.
She then implored the Ongwediva Town Council to be ready and responsive at all times, saying “a soldier cannot go to war with an AK47 without a cartridge of ammunition”.
The cause of the fires that destroyed the thatch roof and the lodge is still unknown.