Probe after dozens animals killed in Brits blaze

Probe after dozens animals killed in Brits blaze

North West police are investigating a case of arson after more than 200 wild animals died in a fire at an auction farm in Brits.


Spokesperson, Amanda Funani says officers were called to the Mulati Wildlife auction farm in Brits.

"At this stage, I can confirm that we are investigating after a game lodge caught fire on Monday evening. At this stage the cause of the fire is unknown," she said.

The fire broke out at the Mulati Wildlife auction house in Brits last night.

The facility's manager, Chris Van Deventer says what has happened is tragic.

"There was quite a lot of impala, a few blesbuck, zebras, ostriches, red hartebees, and also a few nyalas".

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He says they suspect foul play was involved.

Van Deventer says they had been preparing for an auction on Saturday.

"This is a big tragedy for us and obviously it's the beginning of [our auction] season. We only work from March to September. This is putting us back. We don't have the facilities to offload animals and sort animals, so it's going to be a big thing on our company. It's really something big to deal with," he said. 

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