Firefighters battle blaze near Simon's Town

2016-11-18 12:55
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Cape Town – An extensive vegetation fire has been contained after flaring up near Simon's Town on Friday morning.

Firefighters were expected to remain on the scene for a considerable period of time after the blaze broke out at 05:15.

Cape Town fire and rescue services spokesperson Theo Lane said three fire engines and four water tankers had responded to the fire on the slopes of the mountain, adjacent to Red Hill road near the informal settlement.

"The fire spread over an extensive area of vegetation. The wind has been making things difficult, and the terrain is inaccessible to vehicles, meaning that the ground crew has to physically walk up to extinguish it."

This is the second major blaze in Cape Town in as many days.

Firefighters managed to extinguish a fire on Devil’s Peak on Thursday, which broke out about 06:30.

Several hectares of vegetation were affected.

Six fire engines, four water tankers and 58 firefighters battled the blaze, which was contained by the afternoon.

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