PMB fire could take three days to extinguish

PMB fire could take three days to extinguish

Firefighters are dousing a blaze at the New England Road Landfill in Pietermaritzburg that has left the city under a thick cloud of smoke. 

PMB fire

The fire, which has been burning since last night, has affected the CBD and surrounding areas. 

The uMsunduzi Municipality says strong winds and thick smoke made it too difficult to extinguish the fire last night. 

The municipality said in a statement that it expects the complete dowsing of the fire to take about three days. The cause of the blaze is still unknown. 

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Some schools surrounding the landfill have taken a decision to close their doors. 

uMsunduzi says no fatalities have been reported, adding that it is currently impossible to estimate the extent of the damage. 

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