Fire in upper Kloof

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service seen parked outside on the street with responders working on containing the blaze.

Flames and smoke billowed from the upper story of a Victorian house at 84 Kloof Street, Gardens on Christmas morning.

The City’s Fire and Rescue Service responded at 5.13am to a building alight at the Public House, a pub and restaurant, on Saturday December 25.

Spokesman Jermaine Carelse said 34 firefighters from Roeland Street, Salt River, Sea Point, Brooklyn, Milnerton and Goodwood fire stations were soon on the scene.

“The fire went through the roof and the hydraulic platform ensured that the adjacent buildings were not affected. A section of the wooden floor on the second floor was completely destroyed and the owner of the property was advised that one of the walls was leaning inwards,” Mr Carelse added.

The fire was extinguished at 7.51am and no injuries were reported. The cause is unknown at this stage, pending an investigation from their insurance company.

According to a message posted by Public House on social media, they will be closed until further notice.

“Once the fire department managed to get the blaze under control much of the top floor and roof had been burnt to a cinder.

“At this time we are still unaware to the cause of fire. This unfortunate event will force The Public House to cease operations until the building has been rebuilt and refurbished.

“We are still unsure how long this will take but we ensure you that we will be back, stronger than ever. Thank you to all who reached out with messages of support and love. We will be sure to update you all as soon as we have further information.”

City’s fire and rescue services soon arrived on the scene.
The Public House in upper Kloof Street.
The fire caused extensive damage.
The Public House to cease operations until the building has been rebuilt and refurbished.
Much of the top floor and roof had been burnt to a cinder.
The fire caused extensive damage.
At this time the cause of fire is unknown.