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Waterkloof Air Force Base gutted by an inferno

Waterkloof Air Force Base gutted by an inferno. The  South African National Defence Force (SANDF) confirmed that it broke out at the bulk fuel depot at the Air Force Base at about 7pm on Sunday and was contained within the hour. A fire broke out at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Tshwane on Sunday night, 23 January.

SANDF spokesman Brigadier-General Mongezi Kweta said the fire started on the bulk fuel storage facility following a suspected leakage from a burst pump. Kweta also confirmed to News24 that the SANDF had launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.

He said that it had no reason to suspect any foul play at this stage. “I can confirm that it started at the bulk fuel tanks where we store fuel. There’s no clarity on how the fire started and there’s no indication of whether it came from underground or on the surface. Investigations continue to establish further details,” he said.

Meanwhile, City of Tshwane Emergency Management Services (EMS) said on the Waterkloof Air Force Base incident, an initial feedback report is that a 24 000-litre fuel tank was on fire. They said contents of the tank were unknown to City Fire Services at present.

They said the fire has been extinguished by Air Force Base firefighters and they were also busy with cleaning up.

EMS spokesman Ronald Hendricks said according to the Air Force, the fire was of such a nature that they did not deem it necessary to contact the city for assistance. “However, we responded with our resources from the nearest station, Centurion, per our predetermined attendance requirements in order to assist the Air Force, in the event the situation escalated.”

“Upon arrival, it was confirmed that city resources were not required to assist with extinguishing the fire as the fire is already extinguished,” said Hendricks.

SANDF confirmed the fire was contained by fire fighting teams from both Air Force Base Waterkloof and Air Force Base Swartkops in Valhalla, Pretoria. The SANDF’s Brigadier-General Andries Mahapa said no structural damage was reported.

Source – Daily Sun

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