The historic Potchefstroom train station building, built-in 1919, has been destroyed in a fire.

Potchefstroom Herald reported on Saturday that the fire took place on Saturday evening.

100-year-old Potch train station destroyed in fire

Transnet security guard Lawrence Mtshali told Potchefstroom Herald that around 11 pm, he saw the roof of the station on fire.

100-year-old Potch train station destroyed in fire

“It’s terrible! I was in the office and first smelled the smoke. When I went outside the roof was on fire. I immediately told my colleague to call the fire brigade.”

Potchefstroom Train Station on fire. Another historic White built train station burnt down. It is a bit sad to see the infrastructure go up in smoke, but after all, it is yours, it was handed to you on a plate in 1994….so even though Potch is traditionally white, the station is is yours. 19 September 2020 23:08

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The fire was brought under control just after midnight on Sunday.

100-year-old Potch train station destroyed in fire

The operational division officer for the local fire station said when firefighters arrived at the scene, the roof of the building had already collapsed. He said it was impossible to determine what the cause of the fire is, but that investigation will continue at the scene until Monday.

100-year-old Potch train station destroyed in fire

Potchefstroom’s first train station connecting the town to Krugersdorp was built in 1897 but was replaced in 1919 with the Cape-Dutch style station.

100-year-old Potch train station destroyed in fire

Potchefstroom Herald reports that this is the second building in the town to be destroyed by a fire. In July, officers’ living quarters in Witrand, which was party of a British military camp 107 years ago, was also destroyed.

-The Citizen

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Babes Wodumo

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