PEOPLE from five households were left to search for alternative accommodation after the backyard shacks in which they were staying in the Tulinawa neighbourhood if Mondesa residential area in Swakopmund were destroyed by fire.
According to Adri Goosen, the Chief of the Swakopmund Fire Brigade, the fire started shortly after 13:00 on Tuesday afternoon at a house in Daureb Street where people stayed in several backyard shacks.
“Luckily no person was killed or injured as a result of the fire. People in the shacks were able to escape to the safety of the street before the flames started getting out of control,” Goosen said.
He added that although the actual cause of the fire has not been determined yet, an initial investigation indicates that an electrical short circuit might have started the blaze. Goosen said the other possible cause could be an electrical stove that was used as a room heater.
“We were able to save the main house and three of the other shacks in the same yard. The fact that we did not have strong winds blowing meant that the fire did not spread to the other shacks,” he said.
Goosen said firemen remained on the scene after the flames were extinguished to make sure that the fire did not flare up a second time.
The fire in Swakopmund follows only a few days after an explosion rocked Walvis Bay. The resulting fire on Saturday destroyed part of a workshop complex in the old industrial area of the harbour town.