Johannesburg - A raging fire at Greenacres Mall in Port Elizabeth was extinguished on Thursday after damaging 26 shops, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said.
“Rescue pumps were dispatched and arrived within minutes after an emergency call was received from Greenacres Security at 3.30am,” said spokesperson Kupido Baron in a statement.
“The fire in Checkers was contained and the hardworking firemen and women ensured that it did not spread to other parts of the centre,” he said.
Baron said a case of arson had been opened with the police because of the extensive damage to the shops.
A team of forensic investigators and the municipality's fire safety unit had started investigating the cause of the blaze.