Friday, June 19, 2009

Fire at Colonial Building

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal staff member, Thomas Tiquin had the interesting experience of visiting the Colonial Building construction site in Pietermaritzburg, after it had been gutted by a fire on Friday 12 June 2009.

Those who follow the news media will already be aware, the fire broke out at about lunch time on Friday, and due to the nature of the building materials, it spread quickly through the floors.

Walking through the debris, a sense of loss is felt when greeted by the overpowering scent of scorched history. The realization that follows is shear amazement, that none of the construction workers were seriously injured during the evacuation process.

The Scaffolding appeared to be no match for the heat, and the melted metal and bent steel, is a testimony to the damage a fire can do. The collapsed roof and burnt out floors give an indication of the magnitude of work now required, to restore it to its former glory.

Moral of the story, don’t wait till you see smoke on the horizon before checking if your hosepipe has a leak.

Gareth Roberts
Health & Safety Advisor, Midlands


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