Fire spreads on Melville Koppies in JHB

Emergency services officials say the cause of the fire remains unknown.

EMS says two fire engines and the grass unit have responded to the fire at Melville Koppies. Picture: Tendo de Paravicini.

JOHANNESBURG - Firefighters are responding to a blaze at the Melville Koppies, north of Johannesburg this afternoon.

Emergency services officials say the grass fire started early this afternoon.

No injuries have been reported.

Spokesman Robert Mulaudzi says the cause of the blaze is not yet known.

"They were attending to a veld fire at Melville Koppies. At this stage we don't have any injuries which have been reported. We have got our two fire engines, which have been dispatched; also a grass unit, which is responding to that incident."

Meanwhile, the Ward 69 councillor in the Auckland Park area has accused Johannesburg EMS of failing to send enough vehicles or firefighters to extinguish a blaze at the Koppies.

Councillor Katja Naumann says it took an hour for firefighters to arrive on the scene.

"They only have a tiny little bakkie fire engine which has 500 litres of water with just a normal hose. It took an hour for this little fire engine to come and we are sitting between two fire stations, which are both five kilometres away."

Mulaudzi has denied this.

For about three months firefighters have accused the city's emergency services of misleading Johannesburg resident's about the situation at fire stations.

They say they are expected to work under poor conditions without adequate equipment.