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2022/09/16      |  Written By:  Colonel D Mdhluli   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 15 September 2022 - Police in Mpumalanga have launched an investigation following the fire that engulfed the Municipal building in Bushbuckridge in the early hours of yesterday, 14 September 2022 at around 02:00 am.

According to the information, security guards were on duty when they heard a loud bang coming from the building. Upon their investigation they discovered that eleven (11) office blocks caught fire, ten (10) Finance offices  and one (01) Internal Audit office.

Police and Fire fighters responded to the call and the fire was extinguished whilst police launched an investigation. Some beer bottles that were stuffed with cotton wool inside were also discovered and these items were seized to form part of the investigation. No casualties were reported and the cost of the damage will be revealed as investigation progresses.

Police urge anyone with information that can assist in the investigation regarding the cause of fire and the motive behind, to contact Detective Captain Evans Mashego at 082 319 9732. Alternatively members of the public can call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has voiced her concern over the burnt offices. The General further indicated that the incident will have a negative impact on service delivery for people in the area.