Today, August 15 2017, Knysna Municipality’s Fire Chief Clint Manuel delivered his report on the cause of the Great Knysna Fire.
To media, he said, “Looking at the evidence scientifically, evidence points to the origin of the fire as being on a clearing site in Elandskraal. Specific patterns of the burn scars on a farm, shows a definite V pattern that indicates with a high degree of certainty the site where the fire started. Just below this scar we have found evidence of man-made fire. Evidence further shows that it is this fire that spread due to the weather patterns of 7 June. I can confirm that the cause of the fire being an Act of God is dispelled. We cannot say that this fire was started as a criminal act of arson, in other words deliberately, that investigation and conclusion is up to the South African Police Services.”
His report included information provided by Richard Morris and Dr Wallace Vosloo, residents of the Knysna area known as Elandskraal.
Download the media presentation here: Knysna Municipality’s Cause of the Great Knysna Fire.
NB: The investigation by Afriforum contradicts the Municipality. It’s facts lay part blame on government’s doorstep. Download that at www.knysnakeep.org/download-knysna-fire-report-afriforumdr-klatzow.
NB: Problem with servers. Tthis post was among those lost. This re-posted at midday on August 16.