Incredible Videos & Pics as Hectic Fire Blazes in Durban

DURBAN – Fire fighters are battling to extinguish a huge fire which has engulfed a container warehouse at Durban Harbour, KwaZulu-Natal.

According to an eThekwini Municipality firefighter, Paul, “strong winds and water resources making things very difficult.” 

Paul, who is station commander at Amanzimtoti Fire Station, says so far two people have been injured, including a fire fighter. The fire fighter has been transported to hospital to be treated for burns. He is reportedly in a stable condition.

The fire engulfed the industrial site early this morning, with strong winds fanning the flames.

According to Rescue Care Emergency Services there are more than 70 firefighters and several fire trucks – from different fire units – at the scene, working desperately to prevent the fire spreading to nearby factories.

The warehouse appears to have thankfully been empty at the time the fire broke out.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, although it is believed that wax panels caught alight.

Regular SAPeople expat contributor Lauren Bradley, who is on holiday in South Africa at the moment, captured the photos on this page. She said: We took our kids to the Durban docks this morning. We thought the grey sky was an approaching storm… but turns out it’s a hectic fire! At first we weren’t sure if it was a boat or building on fire.”

South Coast Road has been closed between the M7 and Bayhead Road due to the poor visibility emanating from the smoke.

Candle Factory Burning in the Wind