National 30.8.2016 01:20 pm

WATCH: House gutted by flames less than 1km from fire station

The fire brigade only arrived 40 minutes later when the house was completely gutted.

The fire brigade only arrived 40 minutes later when the house was completely gutted.

The crowd booed when fire trucks arrived after 40 minutes. Metro cops allegedly added insult to injury when they asked the owner of the burnt house to fetch his ID.

A sadly ironic drama played itself out in Edgar Street at about 10am today, August 31, when a former crèche was gutted by a fire, Roodepoort Record reports.

Although about a kilometre away from a Roodepoort Fire Station, fire trucks only arrived 40 minutes later.

A minor scuffle broke out between the owner of the house and the metro police after they allegedly asked him ‘to fetch his ID’.

The former crèche caught fire at around 10am.

The former crèche caught fire at around 10am.

The greater Roodepoort area allegedly did not have trucks available, and fire trucks had to be dispatched from either Dobsonville or Randburg.

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A man standing on top of the burning house desperately tried to quench the fire with a garden hose, risking his life in the process.

When the fire trucks finally arrived the crowd both cheered and booed. A minor scuffle broke out between the owner of the house and the Metro Police after they allegedly asked him “to fetch his ID”.

Residents of the home could save only their clothing and a few small items.

– Caxton News Service

 

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