[pietermaritzburg] - Escape from breakaway fire

  |   Pietermaritzburgnews

Msunduzi workers have been blamed for losing control of a grass fire that spread in the gusty conditions on Wednesday, gutting a heritage site on Pent­rich Road in Camps Drift on Wednesday.

City workers were allegedly clearing overgrown bush and grass outside the property by setting fire to it. But aided by the strong winds, the fire spread to a tree on the property and then jumped into the house.

The property was until last Saturday home to a family of three, who were on Wednesday removing their last belongings from it.

Sanette Els, who lived on the property with her husband, Paul, and brother, Anton Steyn, and their three dogs for 18 years, said she was counting her blessings that most of their belongings were removed from the house before the fire....

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