Mop-up continues in St Francis Bay

2012-11-13 11:45
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St Francis Bay in ruins

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Johannesburg - Mop-up operations will continue in St Francis Bay on Tuesday after a fire destroyed 75 buildings, the Kouga municipality said.

"The damaged buildings have been declared unsafe and we ask that nobody goes into the burnt-down structures until further notice," spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall said in a statement.

A meeting with authorities was held at 10:00 on Tuesday to determine how to proceed should homeowners wish to inspect their properties.

Thatched homes in the area had been valued at between R1m and R16m.

On Sunday, a fire broke out at around 17:30 at the Royal Wharf developments. The flames were fanned by a strong westerly wind. No one was injured or killed.

Randall said 75 buildings - 68 houses, six flats and an office - were destroyed or damaged.

The municipality previously said 76 buildings had been destroyed.

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