Fire razes 100-year-old Dutch Reformed church near Cape Town

Fire razes 100-year-old Dutch Reformed church near Cape Town

The blaze has reportedly devastated the century-old building. Image: Facebook/Kerkgeboue van Suid Afrika

The historic church in Redelingshuys was on fire early on Tuesday morning.

A Dutch Reformed Church in the town of Redelinghuys in the Western Cape was ablaze on Tuesday morning, News24 has reported.

The church was built on July 1 1918, costing £15,000 and seating 1,000.

The church pictured in 1933. Image: Wikipedia

It is not yet clear what has caused the fire, but reports indicate that a surge from a nearby cellphone tower sparked the fire. Other reports point to a short-circuit in the tower of the church, as it is allegedly used to house cellphone-related equipment. Forensics are currently trying to establish the exact cause of the fire.

The fire has reportedly destroyed the entire building, but no injuries were reported.

Image: Facebook/Kerkgeboue Suid Afrika

Chief fire officer of the West Coast Bertus Senekal told News24 that the building has been cordoned off, as the fire may cause what is left of the structure to collapse completely.

Facebook has been flooded with photos of the fire, with residents and members of the NG community mourning the loss of the historic building.

Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook/Kerkgeboue van Suid Afrika

Updates to follow as more information is made available.

(Compiled by Nica Schreuder)

For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.

today in print