Billabong fire was not arson

The fire that ravaged the warehouse in da Gama Road on 29 June was not caused by arson, said Cheron Kraak, the former owner of Billabong, whose building was severely damaged by the fire.

GSM South Africa (Billabong) rented space in the building for their warehouse.

“While Billabong and the Jeffreys Bay SAPS must wait for the final forensic reports before making a statement, as the owners of the building, we are in a position to divulge that all the forensic teams appointed to investigate the fire (SAPS and two independent forensic units appointed by Billabong and Country Feeling’s insurance companies), have verbally reported that the fire was caused by an electrical fault and that no foul play or arson is suspected” said Kraak.

“We wish all those affected by this fire the very best and are greatly relieved that there were no injuries or fatalities.

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We look forward to re-building and restoring the premises as soon as possible,” added Kraak.

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