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Man transported to hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning due to St Francis Bay fire

Dec 19, 2018
Man transported to hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning due to St Francis Bay fire

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in St Francis Bay said that one person was transported to hospital for treatment due to the runaway fire in the town that gutted 11 homes and damaged several others on Tuesday.

According to Sara Jane Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, at 11h00, on Tuesday, the NSRI St Francis Bay crew were activated to assist at multiple houses alight in St Francis Bay Village.

“NSRI St Francis Bay and NSRI Oyster Bay dispatched crews to assist and DRM (Disaster Risk Management) and DRM volunteers, Traffic Services, SA Police Services, Private Care ambulance services, EC Government Health EMS and Fire Departments from St Francis Bay, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Kareedouw, Nelson Mandela Bay and Kouga, including the Sarah Baartman District,were dispatched and Calibre Smhart G4s security companies and a large deployment of community members and residents assisted,” she described.

“Farmers from Patensie, Thornhill and Rocklands also arrived and assisted on the scene and NSRI Oyster Bay appealed to the Brakkeduine 4x4 group, who sent teams of members to assist.”

She said that an evacuation of residents from houses in the immediate affected area was ordered by the Municipality while teams of fire fighters, emergency services, volunteers, residents and good Samaritans battled to contain the multiple fires and flare ups.

One patient transported to hospital due to St Francis Bay fire

“A patient triage area was set up at a local church where smoke inhalation and injuries were attended to,” Smith said.

“An NSRI doctor, local doctors and NSRI and volunteer DRM medics assisted paramedics treating patients for minor to moderate injuries and one serious injury was attended to.

“One patient, an adult male, suffered serious carbon monoxide poisoning and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a serious condition.”

She said that St Francis Bay residents and their pets were evacuated to safety.

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