“Children and elderly persons, particularly with respiratory conditions, are urged to stay indoors. In addition, residents are further advised to consult their nearest health centres should they experience breathing difficulties,” Tshwane Emergency Service spokesperson Johan Pieterse said.
He said a team had worked hard to douse the fire that broke out at the old Gartskloof landfill site in Pretoria east on Sunday,
On Sunday evening, one of the rows of shredded garden waste started emitting smoke which suggested that there must have been a fire burning underneath.
Pieterse said the cause of the fire remained unknown, but it was suspected it may have been caused by spontaneous combustion of waste.