Fire destroys Welkom factory


A wild fire has destroyed a factory in Welkom earlier on Sunday morning.

According to the Acting Chief Fire Officer of the Matjhabeng Municipality, Francois Klaassen, the whole factory has been totally destroyed.

He says all the machinery and equipment that were inside the factory burned out.

“The fire started at a factory in Welkom, at about 2:20 on Sunday morning. The fire was extinguish at about 4:30 and the people were busy with the dampening down until about 7 o’clock in morning. The factory belongs to Chinese nationals. They manufactured sofas and mattresses. There were no injuries at the scene. We are busy with investigations to determine the cause of the fire,” Klaassen explains.