[MAP]: Florida Fire Department “was not an hour late”

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File picture: Jacobus Myburgh.

KLOOFENDAL — Reports that the fire engine of the Florida Fire Station was more than an hour late and had no water to extinguish two vehicles that caught fire this morning is unfounded.

This follows rumours that it took the fire services an hour to get to the scene with a fire engine with water.

Robert Mulaudzi, City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services spokesperson told DigitNews that the Fire Department quickly responded to the incident but sent a rescue vehicle that, due to its nature, does not contain water.

A woman was killed this morning when her vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle on De Wet Road this morning. Five more people were injured. Photo: ER24
A woman was killed this morning when her vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle on De Wet Road this morning. Five more people were injured. Photo: ER24

“The vehicle which was sent does not carry water as it is a rescue vehicle which contains rescue equipment like the Jaws-of-Life which is normally used when there is an entrapment as it was in this situation.”

(Read The Initial Story Here: Vehicle burst into flames killing one, injuring five in Roodepoort)

But due to the vehicles catching fire another additional vehicle which is capable of fire fighting operations was then called to come and extinguish the fire.

“The story that the fire engine took an hour to get there is not true because the fire station is about 3 kilometres away from where the incident occurred.”

A rough calculation of the accident scene position

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