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Fri Oct 31 21:15:39 SAST 2014

Demolitions at St Francis to start soon

Lee-Anne Butler | 14 November, 2012 00:02
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Gutted luxury homes on the St Francis Bay marina. Some 68 homes, six flats and offices were damaged in a devastating blaze in the Eastern Cape resort town late on Sunday Picture: THE HERALD
Image by: mike tagg / The Herald

The demolition of the 75 properties destroyed in a runaway fire in St Francis Bay on Sunday night is expected to start soon.

Kouga municipality executive mayor Booi Koerat said affected property owners would be contacted and advised as to procedures they would need to follow to obtain demolition orders for structures damaged beyond repair.

"As a council, we would like to make it as easy as possible for owners to address the damage to their properties," he said.

Koerat said it was the responsibility of each property owner to contact their insurers to arrange for a structural engineer's report on damaged buildings. Damage is expected to run into hundreds of millions of rands.

"A structural engineer's report must then be attached to a formal demolition application, signed by the owner of the property and then submitted to our senior building inspector, Trevor de Groot, at our St Francis Bay office.

"The municipality will issue demolition orders based on structural engineers' reports," he said.

Forensic police are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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