Large parts of Hout Bay evacuated

2012-02-06 15:28
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Fire in Hout Bay

A raging fire broke out in Hout Bay. Three retirement villages, one school and a stable were evacuated. Click here to publish your pictures.

Cape Town - Three retirement villages, one school and a stable in Hout Bay were evacuated on Monday afternoon due to a raging fire in the region.

Kronendal Retirement Village was still being evacuated “as we speak”, the Hout Bay Watch Con told News24, while the Spinneys Retirement Village and Bay Mews Retirement Village were evacuated earlier.

Kerry Seamore who was fetching her child at Kronendal Primary said she also saw about 30 horses being walked out of the Hout Bay stables and taken about 2km down the road.

Tweeters in the area said they feared the fire "was out of control" and that it was “about to burn down houses".

Cape Town Fire and Rescue’s Theo Layne said 11 fire trucks were sent to fight the blaze.

"The fire is not under control, but no properties are in immediate danger," he said. "Right now it all depends on wind conditions," Layne said.

Meanwhile, another fire in the Macassar area, outside Cape Town, had been extinguished by Monday afternoon, Sapa reported Layne as saying.

A number of smaller fires were burning around the city. Fire fighters were dealing with them, according to Sapa's report.

Working on Fire spokesperson Leanne McKrill said a lightning strike started a fire outside Hermanus on Monday morning.

"We don't have a team out there, but a helicopter is monitoring it," she said.

Fires were also burning in Piketberg, north of Cape Town, in Aurora on the West Coast, above Caledon and in the Ouplaas area near Dutoitskloof.

McKrill said a fire in the Stanford area, also near Hermanus, kept "standing up and dying down".

Firemen had believed that the fire had been extinguished.

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