A section of Bela-Bela’s Waterfront complex went up in flames in the late hours of the night, waking up all and sundry to help douse out the blaze. Photos: Andries van der Hyde
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A total of four properties along Bela-Bela’s popular Waterfront went up in flames in the late hours of Monday 7 May.
Fire damage was estimated at R3 million.
The local fire brigade responded swiftly to fight the inferno.
Sympathisers from across town and also the nearby township rushed to the scene to help douse out the raging flames.
Bela-Bela SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Phetla, said investigations were under way to determine the cause of the fire.
He warned against casting aspersions at this stage of forensic and other probes.
Waterfront precinct owners Century 21 CEO, Fred van Heerden, confirmed that four properties behind the Waterfront and beyond the artificial lake were completely destroyed.
His son, NJ van Heerden, who heads the Change for Bela-Bela civic pressure group, said a number of leads were to be investigated.
He said arson could not be ruled out.
Van Heerden Snr said the cause of the fire could not be an electrical short circuit, as there was no power connection to the properties.
By early Tuesday 8 May mopping up operations continued on site.
16 months ago 10 May 2018