CNS Reporter
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5 Mar 2015
11:31 am

Great Westerford building fire cause unknown

CNS Reporter

A fire broke out in an office building in the Rondebosch area of Cape Town this morning.

Great Westerford is on Fire. Westerford High School is next door and has been evacuated, Helen Zille tweeted. Pic: Twitter.

According to Theo Layne, the city’s Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson, the fire broke out just before 9am in the roof void of the Great Westerford Building’s the third floor.

“Fire and Rescue vehicles and personnel are currently on the scene making sure that the area is safe,” Layne said.

Layne added the building and a nearby school have been evacuated. The cause of the fire is still unknown, and no injuries have been reported.

Web hosting companies Hetzner and RSAWEB – whose data centres are located in the building – are among some of the businesses affected by the fire.

“We are closely monitoring the situation with contingency plans in place should the fire continue unabated,” Hetzner wrote on their website.

RSAWEB said its engineers were on high alert and would reroute networking traffic if needed.

The fire is apparently unrelated to the blaze that has been raging through parts of Cape Town for the last three days.

On Thursday, Cape Town’s disaster risk management said the fire had been brought under control after firefighters worked overnight.

Spokesperson Charlote Powell added although the blaze had been contained, the ground crew was still monitoring the fire.

She added that a helicopter had been deployed to give firefighters a clearer picture of the fire’s containment.

Since the fire started on Sunday, one city firefighter had sustained burn wounds, while 52 frail-care residents from the Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.

– Caxton News Service