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Watch | Veld fire blamed for Boksburg petrol station fire

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Ekurhuleni Emergency Services firefighters battled for eight hours to put out a massive fire that threatened to burn down an Engen petrol station in Boksburg on Sunday evening.

It’s believed the inferno started when a veld fire spread to the Engen petrol station.

The fire grew fiercely as it engulfed the old tyre storage room.

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A wendy-house was also destroyed.

Fortunately, the petrol pumps and the convenience shop did not catch fire.

Despite efforts to bring the fire under control, on Monday morning it was still smouldering.

However, firefighters were still at the scene, ready to contain the fire if it sparked up again.

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Spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Emergency Services’s Eric Maloka said they received a call before 18h00 on Sunday and immediately rushed to the scene.

There, he said, they were informed grass that was burning outside the premises had started the blaze.

“It spread to the yard of the filling station. However, the petrol site was not affected and there were no injuries nor casualties during and after operation.

Firefighters returned to the scene on Monday where the fire was still smoldering despite the fact about eight hours had been spent to put it out.

Maloka said they battled the fire until 02h00.

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