Civic centre staff return to offices after fire

Bellville civic centre staff were able to return to their offices on Monday after a fire at the building last Friday.

Bellville civic centre staff were able to return to their offices this week after a fire at the premises in Voortrekker Road on Friday May 28.

City spokesman Luthando Tyhalibongo said the precinct had reopened on Monday May 31, except for the theatre and halls.

“Staff can therefore access their workstations depending on their departmental Covid-19 return-to-work policy.”

A security firm had reported smoke coming from the building’s basement, at 5.35am last Friday, said City Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Jermaine Carelse.

“The Belhar fire station crew were first on scene and requested additional resources as the fire had escalated to the roof section,” he said.

Goodwood, Durbanville, Roeland Street, Brackenfell and Kuils River brigades responded, and more than 30 firefighters fought the blaze.

“The fire was contained just before 8am that morning. The damages were concentrated to the under-stage and stage areas and a section of the auditorium. The fire also caused substantial damage to the roof.”

No injuries were reported and the fire was extinguished at 11.13am, he said. The cause of the fire was still unknown and the cost of the damage had still to be assessed.