A Grahamstown building caught fire early on the morning of the 4th of July in New Street. Housing four Rhodes students, who survived without injury, at the time of publication one man remained unaccounted for, and was presumed dead.
Police Spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender reported that the fire took place at about 6 ‘o clock that morning and requested that the deceased not be named before the family had a chance to release a statement. The fire has had a negative impact on surrounding businesses as the street had been closed off by both fire-fighters and the police.
Neighbouring business personal, Rita Erasmus, who’d been leasing property from the owner of the scorched building, had commented that the deceased would be sorely missed. “I’ve been here for 4/5 years and knew him personally; he came by every Monday morning to collect the black bags”. Erasmus of Nashua mobile, had said that they’d experienced power cuts and wasn’t sure when things would get back to normal.
Jennifer “Lady Gaga” Okine , who’d also been leasing property, had added that being so close to the fire, some water had seeped into her property and they had removed equipment as a safety precaution.
While the cause of fire had not yet been known, Govender said that an inquest for investigation would be opened.