Escourt factory blaze: Mop-up operations underway

Escourt factory blaze: Mop-up operations underway

Mop-up operations are underway after a fire broke out at the Clover factory in Estcourt yesterday. 

Estcourt Clover factory fire

Chief Fire Officer for the Okahlamba Local Municipality, Freddie Halgreen says it took hours to bring the inferno under control.

"We got the call at 4:55pm yesterday and arrived on scene at about 5.30pm. By then, the storage area of the powder milk was fully engulfed. It was made difficult by the roof structure and wall structure continuing collapsing," Halgreen said.

Video footage from the scene shows a huge cloud of black smoke billowing from the building. 

Halgreen says they eventually managed to contain the flames.  

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"We got the fire under control at 11pm yesterday. Currently there is still smoldering. We are looking at dispatching another team in that direction to go and assist. We left the scene at about 2am, this morning."

Investigations will begin into the cause of the fire once completely extinguished.

No injuries were reported. 

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