DISASTER was narrowly averted when a large section of the ceiling at Greenacres Shopping Centre in Nelson Mandela Bay collapsed early yesterday after a sprinkler system was activated, causing a massive build-up of water.
Due to the timing of the collapse – estimated at about 5am – the affected section, which would have been filled with shoppers just a few hours later, was luckily deserted.
The accident happened after the sprinkler system inside the roof above the Shoprite segment of the complex was triggered and continued flooding the section of the heavy ceiling throughout the night, eventually causing the 20m section to cave in.
The incident follows a devastating fire at the complex last year which gutted two large stores and was believed to be the result of an electrical fault, and the collapse of a section of ceiling near Clicks several years ago.
The municipality will investigate the cause of the latest incident today.
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