Thanks all. The community is rallying round. Perhaps "ghoulish" was a bit strong. There are plenty of images "for posterity" on the web.

Alan C

On 17-Sep-23 09:47 PM, Bruce Nagel wrote:
On Sun, Sep 17, 2023 at 02:50:04PM -0400, wrote:

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Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2023 07:28:51 +0200
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Subject: OT: Fire in Phalaborwa
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Yesterday was a very hot day (40?C) in Phalaborwa with strong winds from
the west. A veld fire broke out to the West of the town & rapidly got of
control, jumping Spekboom Street on the western boundary & setting
several thatched roofed houses on fire including the iconic Elegant
Guest House. All available local firefighting services from the town
fire brigade & mines were on the scene &? a firefighting helicopter was
brought in from Tzaneen but It still took 10 hours to bring the fire
under control. 12 houses were totally destroyed & others damaged but
fortunately there was no loss of life. By far the worst disaster in
Phalaborwa in the 47 years I have been here. Much cooler today but the
air is still filled with smoke. I felt it would be ghoulish to take
photos but you can find some on the internet if you look.

I'm glad you're okay Alan, it sounds like they had quite a fight on their
hands getting it under control.

We've been fortunate to only deal with the smoke blowing in from distant
wildfires living in Washington and now Detroit.  I hope this one was an
anomaly for Phalaborwa.

Bruce N.
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