Fire: Wind hampering extinguishing efforts

2011-04-16 20:10
Katherine Peter, News24 User

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Cape Town - Strong winds were hampering efforts by firemen to extinguish a raging fire in Somerset West on Saturday, Cape Town's Fire Chief Ian Schnetler said.

"We have certain areas under control but the wind is still very strong and we are battling with one area," he said.

Schnetler said no fatalities or injuries had been reported. He said he was trying to confirm whether more than nine houses were damaged.

"All aerial support has gone out because of fading light," he said.

The large bush fire started around 08:00 near Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West and spread rapidly towards surrounding property.

Off duty fire fighters were asked to assist in various sectors and man fire trucks.

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