Buffs rugby club catches fire
The oldest rugby club in the East London Border region, the Buffalo Club, has been partially burnt to the ground in what is believed to be a fire started by an electrical fault.
No injuries have been reported in the incident on Sunday.
The building is a well-known landmark in the city. The club, the third-oldest rugby club in South Africa, is situated alongside the Buffalo Park cricket ground, home of Border cricket, and overlooks the East London Golf course.
The club has a very strong rugby section which contests the Border Premier League, while the Buffs Runners club is famous for hosting a number of tough annual marathons and ultra-marathons, including the 160km Washie 100, run from Port Alfred to the Buffs club each July.
Long-time member and staunch Buffs runner, James Anderson, who has been a member of the club since 1987, said it was a sad day for all the many Buffs members.
"It's so sad that so much history has gone up in smoke," Anderson said on Sunday.
"We had a great deal of trophies, photographs and other memorabilia, and although I heard that some members had tried to save what they could from the display cabinets, I believe quite a lot has been damaged."
Other sports currently played at the Buffs club include cricket, hockey, snooker, squash and water polo with a section of the ground used for radio controlled cars. A bowls section was closed several years ago.