Somerset West fire: All fire fighters asked to help

2011-04-16 16:30
Cape Town - Off duty fire fighters have been asked to come in to assist with a fire that has been raging out of control in Somerset West on Saturday, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services said.

"We would like to appeal to all off duty fire fighters in the area to please come in and assist. They will be deployed to the various sectors and also to help man some of the vehicles," spokesperson Theo Layne said.

The fire, which started around 08:00 near Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West has destroyed ten houses.

"I can confirm that there is a large bush fire near the Helderberg Nature Reserve. Property in the area is affected. We are receiving aerial assistance from helicopters but strong winds are hampering our efforts," Cape Town Fire Chief Ian Schnetler said.

Lane said the fire was spreading rapidly in a south easterly direction.

"There have been no reported fatalities or injuries so far but the fire is not yet under control," Layne said.

"We have deployed 19 vehicles and three helicopters to the scene," Lane said

People are currently being evacuated from their homes as the fire spread close to property in the area.

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