The eThekwini municipality has issued a harmful smoke warning to Hammersdale and surrounding communities west of Durban. This follows a fire on the 13th of July at a logistics warehouse in the area.

This was during the period when looting, arson and violence gripped the area.

Billions of rand worth of damage was caused.

eThekwini spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela says residents are advised to prevent additional indoor air pollution.

“The warehouse is currently smouldering following fire that began on the 13th of July. The City’s fire and emergency services is monitoring the site daily however the safety of the building is compromised. It is therefore unsafe for emergency teams to enter and completely extinguish the burn. As a precautionary measure, residents are advised to close windows and doors to put wet clothes over vents until the smoke clears,” says Mayisela. – Report by Nonhlakanipho Magwaza