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Media Release: Details Of Fire In Kruger National Park
Date: 5th September 2001
Yesterday afternoon a fire started between the Skukuza and Pretoriuskop restcamps. The cause of the fire is unknown and firefighters are still trying to extinguish the blaze.
Fourteen members from the surrounding community who had been contracted to help cut grass as part of normal park management practice were caught up in the fire. Despite efforts from SANParks firefighters, the fourteen people could not be rescued and three SANParks rangers who were taking part in the rescue efforts also died. The fire is still raging.
SANParks will initiate an official enquiry into the circumstances of the fire.
No tourists were reported missing or injured.
Details on the situation will be released as more information becomes available.
A press conference is scheduled to take place at Skukuza at 15:00 this afternoon.
Public Relations Manager
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013-735-4363; Cell: 082-807-3919
Dr Salifou Siddo
South African National Parks (SANParks)