Wed. May 22nd, 2019

Fire on KZN farm devastates community of Dundee

Fire dundeeThe Orange Grove Farm in Dundee, KZN was devastated by fire on Monday.

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Orange Grove Dairy and an adjacent packaging factory were destroyed in a fire on Monday 1 April dealing a blow to the economy of Dundee.

The Dairy operators have not been able to determine the cause of the fire which started in the early hours of Monday morning. The blaze required the Endumeni Fire Brigade to call for assistance from Newcastle, about 80kms away from the farm.

Sue Durham of Orange Grove told the Northern Kwazulu-Natal Courier: “It took us three years building and renovating the factory which has now been destroyed in one moment. We still have no idea what caused the fire.”

Orange Grove staff were able to move their fleet of trucks to the nearby Rural Horse Riding field, safe from the flames.

The Dairy not only to produce its own milk but also operated a processing plant that serviced over forty local farmers.

In a small town like Dundee an operation the size of Orange Grove is one of the biggest employers in the area and this fire is almost certain to have a big impact on their economy.

The owners of the Sneezewood Farm Bed and Breakfast urged the community to stand with the beleaguered dairy farmers.

In a Facebook post the B&B owners shared: “Our neighbour, Orange Grove Dairy – a family dairy established 91 years ago, developed over 3 generations, employing many local people (I dare say the area’s largest employer!), with 36 dairy farmers across KZN supplying milk on a daily basis – burnt to the ground in a just a couple of hours.

“It is quite heart-breaking and as one considers not simply the devastating loss at Orange Grove but the massive ramifications, we feel quite helpless.

“So, if you’re wondering what you can do…

“You may see a slight lag in OG products on the shelves in your supermarket, or perhaps the packaging will be slightly different (all their stocks I understand were lost so there will be mammoth effort underway to produce these), but please, give them your support, buy their products, spare a thought for all those busy pondering the way forward and every OG product you buy gives a “thumbs up” to the dairy farmers, their beautiful cows and staff working to keep things going.”

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