Recycling company in Alberton on fire


Firefighters on the East Rand have been scrambling since Sunday afternoon to put out a large fire at a paper recycling company in Alberton.

It is suspected that grass caught fire outside the premises and then spread under the fence door to the company’s premises.

Two trucks and a forklift have so far been destroyed during the fire.

William Ntladi, spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni disaster management services, says no less than 40 firefighters and a fleet of ten fire engines from eight fire stations responded to the fire at the factory after 12:00.

Upon their arrival, the fire had already started to spread to other workshops on the premises and efforts were made to protect the buildings and materials that had not yet burned from the flames.

According to Ntladi, the fire has already been brought under control, but firefighters will presumably continue to put out flames until the early hours of Monday morning.

No injuries have been reported so far.