PE responds to burning St Francis SOS

2012-11-11 22:45
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Cape Town  - The Nelson Mandela Bay fire brigade on Sunday called up off-duty firefighters to help bring a fire, which has already destroyed up to 50 houses in St Francis Bay, under control. 

A spokesperson said two vehicles had already been dispatched and they were just waiting to see how many firefighters responded before more are sent.

The Uitenhage firebrigade is also at the scene.

The fire, which is being fanned by strong winds, was jumping from house to house along the canals to the sea, the NSRI said.

It apparently started at Royal Wharf, where some people were having a braai, a fireman told the St Francis Chronicle.

The paper's editor told eNCA that firefighters were "overwhelmed" by the sheer extent of the fire.

Residents have been evacuated and the area cordoned off.

Most of the houses on the canals have thatch roofs, making it even more difficult to contain the flames.

The NSRI sent out an SOS for assistance.

"We need help!!

 "Anyone able and willing who can assist, please pop down to the old fire station and offer your services or call Marc May on 082 956 7981."
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