Raging fire destroys houses

2011-04-16 14:31

A fire near the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West has destroyed ten houses, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services said today.

Cape Town Fire Chief Ian Schnetler said the fire started around 8am.

“I can confirm that there is a large bush fire near the Helderberg Nature Reserve. Property in the area is affected. We are receiving aerial assistance from helicopters but strong winds are hampering our efforts,” Schnetler said.

Spokesperson Theo Layne said the fire was spreading rapidly in a south easterly direction.

“There have been no reported fatalities or injuries so far but the fire is not yet under control,” Layne said.

People are currently being evacuated from their homes as the fire spread close to property in the area.

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