Police investigate claims of two men setting fires in Sardinia Bay

Walmer police have taken a statement from the person who allegedly saw two people set fires in the Sardinia Bay locality.

According to police no suspects have been arrested but the matter will be investigated.

Colonel Priscilla Naiudu said on Thursday night a witness made a statement alluding to the fact that he saw the men who started the fire.

“The guy went to Walmer station to make a statement that he saw two men who started the fire in the bush. When he approached them, the pair decided to run away,”  she said.

In Sardinia Bay and Schoenmakerskop, a fire that had started at midday came close to properties and the owners and firefighters used hoses to wet the yards and roofs of the houses.

Emergency services and volunteers battled fires around Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday while devastating fires engulfed Knysna and Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route since Wednesday.

More than 250 people were evacuated to the Thornhill Community Hall due to fires in the area, the Kouga Municipality said on Thursday. The fires were raging in the Longmore, Van Stadens Gorge and the Lady Slipper area.

A fire at Orange Grove that was threatening farms between Humansdorp and Oyster Bay was extinguished on Wednesday night.

The Port Elizabeth parkrun community cancelled its free weekly run at Lady Slipper due to fires on the mountain and instead is urging parkrunners to donate to those who have lost homes in today’s fires.

The Lady Slipper parkrun – one of three in the metro – has seen volunteers beating out fires on the forest route at the base of the mountain at Falcon Rock Trading Post.

Police released no more information on the claims that an eyewitness saw two people were setting fires in the Sardinia Bay locality.

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