The Democratic Alliance’s mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay deviated from the electoral trail on Saturday to help fight a fire that destroyed three homes in Windvogel in the northern areas of the metro.

The DA’s head of campaign communications for the metro‚ Kristoff Adelbert‚ said that while driving back from an event in Cleary Park‚ they noticed a house fire near Main Road.

“We were the first to arrive‚ and assisted residents with getting as many belongings out as possible. Athol Trollip assisted firefighters‚ who arrived shortly thereafter‚ where necessary to ensure that the blaze was doused‚” he said.

Adelbert said there were no fatalities but that some people had suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Three homes were destroyed in the blaze‚ he said.

“Three families – about 15 people – lost all of their possessions in the fire‚” he said.

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