Documents damaged but no files lost in fire at public protector's Cape office

Aron Hyman Reporter
Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. File photo.
Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. File photo.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi

Documents were damaged during a fire in a storeroom at the public protector’s office in Cape Town on Thursday.

City of Cape Town fire and rescue services responded to an emergency call at the Wale Street office at 9am. According to fire and rescue services spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, the fire on the fourth floor of the building was extinguished by 10.03am.

“While the building was evacuated, crews from Roeland Street fire station had managed to contain the blaze to a single room,” he said.

He said one person was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.

Carelse said a fire investigator has been asked to determine the cause of the fire.

Public protector spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said no investigation files were lost during the fire. He said it was the second time a fire has broken out at the public protector's Wale Street office.

“The building is leased through public works. We have informed the department to bring this incident to the attention of the landlord,” he said.

“The city fire department was on site to assist. Staff are safe and no investigation files have been lost.

“The department’s regional office will go and assess the extent of damage. This is the second time a fire has broken out at that office. It happened a few years back [too].”