Johannesburg - Lack of hydrants, shacks built dangerously close to each other, no water tanks as well as frustrated and verbally abusive residents.
These are the challenges that had to be dealt with when they rushed to Alexandra to battle the raging fire that devastated the community on Thursday afternoon, according to Joburg Emergency Services' Nana Radebe.
An alleged love triangle spat sparked the fire when a man burnt the shack of his love rival. The fire spread quickly and over 500 shacks had been razed to the ground. Hundreds of people were left homeless.
Radebe said the City currently does not have a water tanker as it is still under repairs. When they arrived at the scene, only one hydrant could be found. However, that was being used as a daily tape.
"The water pressure was very low in that hydrant so we could not use it. We had to rely on a hydrant a kilometre away. There used to be factories there so we suspect that there are hydrants in the area but people built shacks on top of them," Radebe said.