Waterfront on fire. Photo:  Andries van der Heyde

Vagrants at centre of fire probe

 
 
 

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Police were looking for at least one homeless person who may provide answers behind the fire which destroyed part of Bela-Bela’s Waterfront complex.

Four properties along the popular getaway went up in flames in the late hours of Monday 7 May.

Fire damage was estimated at R3 million.

Bela-Bela SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Phetla, said it had been alleged the homeless people had found shelter in one of the properties, just before the devastating blaze.

A case of alleged arson has since been opened and various other leads were being investigated.

The fire on that fateful Monday night drew sympathisers from both the town and neighbouring township, who fought the running blaze.

During the aftermath of the fire, Century 21 CEO and Waterfront complex owner, Fred van Heerden, had said he was satisfied by the swift response of the local fire brigade to the fire.

Also on the day following the fire, Phetla was on record saying the cause of the fire had not at the time been determined.

The mangled remains of the structures continued to be cleared up in recent weeks.

4 months ago       17 May 2018