Police dismissed "as nonsense" public sentiments that criminals would walk free after senior SAPS detectives' important paperwork was destroyed by fire at Durban's Seaboard Hotel on Monday night.
The blaze started on the 10th floor and spread to three other floors of the 32-storey building. Police use a floor of the building for offices.
Scores of people were airlifted from the roof of the building.
Superintendent Vincent Mduge said there was no way that criminals would walk free.
"Our investigations will not be hampered by the fire," he said.
He said police always had a back-up system to avoid cases being dropped because of a lack of evidence. - Mhlaba Memela