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Police bolster presence after Gugulethu fire station torched

The building was set alight by protesting residents on Thursday morning.

City of Cape Town law enforcement officials monitor protesters in Gugulethu on 12 July 2018. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - There's a heavy police presence outside the Gugulethu fire station.

The building was set alight by protesting residents on Thursday morning.

It's not yet clear what the protest is about.

Shattered glass, rocks and debris lie scattered in and around the torched Gugulethu fire station.

In front of the building, there's a burnt out bakkie which belonged to a security company.

The vehicle is completely destroyed.

Firefighters based in Gugulethu will operate from neighbouring stations during the course of Thursday.

A few meters away is a chanting group of about a hundred residents. It's not yet clear what the demonstration is about.

A block of offices behind the fire station, belonging to the Fezeka Community Court, has also been torched in a fire.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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