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Ekurhuleni EMS call for arrests after attack on firefighters

The crew had responded to a shack fire and a stabbing incident when they came under attack.

FILE: A fire truck at a Johannesburg fire station. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANENSBURG - Ekurhuleni Emergency Services have called for arrests to be made after a firefighting crew was attacked and their fire engine set alight in Katlehong, on the East Rand.

The crew had responded to a shack fire and a stabbing incident when they came under attack.

The firefighters were then forced to abandon their vehicle.

Emergency Services' William Tladi says one of the residents drove the fire engine with all its equipment valued at more than R4.5 million before it was set on fire.

"There was one guy, whose shack was on fire, allegedly set by the members of the community. He apparently stabbed one of his neighbours, so they never wanted to extinguish the fire."