In October 1992, the then Natal Parks Board burnt a rubbish pile close to present day Rockwood Forest Lodge. This quickly burnt out of control with the fire raging down the hill towards Spitzkop Farm House where Joan Hancock was living at the time. Within an hour, the entire house had been razed to the ground and Joan escaped with only the clothes on her back.
Joan moved into a mobile home in the gardens while the house was rebuilt over the next year.
This just serves as another reminder to us all why no fire should ever be left unattended.