‘Diesel thieves’ in court over uMvoti fire

One of the trucks burnt  at Umvoti Ultra City in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Zululand Observer

One of the trucks burnt at Umvoti Ultra City in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Zululand Observer

It is believed that diesel leaking down storm water drains carried the blaze to the house just behind the Ultra City.

Two suspects have been arrested after they allegedly caused a massive blaze that razed three trucks and a house to the ground at Umvoti Ultra City petrol station in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

It is believed the duo caused the fire in an alleged attempt to steal diesel which then leaked down storm water drains and carried the blaze to the house just behind the Ultra City.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said investigations were conducted and it was established that the three trucks were parked with the intent to steal diesel. The generator which was used to pump the diesel into the trucks accidentally caused a spark and a fire was started.

Sam Meyrick of IPSS Medical Rescue and her father Dylan were at a small airfield adjacent to the petrol station when the fire erupted.

“We were walking down the runway and one pilot was taking off with a microlight,” she said.

“I watched him and saw that he kept looking behind him. When I turned around, I also saw the smoke.”

The Meyricks rushed to the service station.

“We grabbed some fire extinguishers but by that time it was too late, the fire was too big for the extinguishers to be effective.”

Dylan then summoned the fire departments nearby, and their quick action prevented the fire from spreading to the underground fuel tanks.

No injuries were reported.

The suspects are appearing in the KwaDukuza Magistrates’ Court today facing charges of attempted theft, malicious damage to property and arson.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni praised the Saps members for arresting the suspects.

“We are glad that no one was injured during the incident,” she said.

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– Caxton News Service

 

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