Cottages damaged in Franschhoek blaze

2013-01-29 10:28
Franschhoek fire (Picture: Robb Tarr, News24 user)

Franschhoek fire (Picture: Robb Tarr, News24 user)

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Franschhoek fire

2013-01-29 08:19

A wildfire that started on the mountains above Franscchoek continues to burn. Watch on-the-ground firefighting efforts and water-bombing by helicopters. WATCH

Cape Town - A fire raging in the Cape Winelands has damaged cottages on two Franschhoek farms and is veering towards Du Toitskloof pass.

Cape Nature spokesperson, Liezl Brink, said residents from two farms, Durr and Edenvale had to be evacuated last night.

“Residents returned to their houses [Tuesday] morning and found damage to the farmworkers’ cottages,” she told News24.

According to Cape Winelands municipality fire station manager, Royston Harris, the properties sustained roof damage.

“There are further damages to the property but these still need to be assessed,” he said.

Harris said the fire was out of control.

The fire department is working at full capacity after the City of Cape Town was called in to assist.

“The rating has changed from code red to code orange, meaning that all resources are available,” Brink said.

Three helicopters, 120 firefighters, and 10 vehicles have been deployed.

The fire is burning high up in the mountains and veering towards the Du Toitskloof pass, away from Franschhoek.  

Weather services have indicated that winds will be travelling at 40km/h with temperatures ranging between 34-37°C.

There is currently no danger to human life. The fire was reported on Sunday by a member of the public. The cause is still unknown.

The NSPCA tweeted that its branches in Franschhoek and Paarl are checking for animals that may have been trapped in the blaze.

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