Firefighters battle flames on Signal Hill

2010-12-30 16:09
Firefighters have been called in to fight four separate fires on Signal Hill. (News24 user)

Firefighters have been called in to fight four separate fires on Signal Hill. (News24 user)

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Cape Town - Cape Town firefighters were called out to four separate veld fires on the slopes of Signal Hill on Thursday, the fire department said.

The first report, at 10:38, was of a fire on Military Road.

"We sent three fire engines to the scene and the fire was extinguished at 14:25," chief fire officer Ian Schnetler said.

At 12:40 another fire broke out near High Level Road, Sea Point.

Six fire engines and eight other support vehicles were dispatched.

The fire was brought under control soon after 14:00, but firefighters were by mid-afternoon still trying to extinguish the fire.

There was no damage to surrounding property.

"At around 15:00, another two fires started on Signal Hill and crews with their appliances are racing to control the fires," Schnetler said.

"Two helicopters and a third large helicopter have been dispatched to assist.

"South African National Parks are assisting with Working on Fire and volunteer crews."

The SA Weather Service earlier this week issued a red fire alert for the Cape Metro.

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