Homes destroyed as fire rages in Cape Town

2015-03-02 09:39

Residents are anxiously monitoring the fire on the Muizenberg mountain that has destroyed four homes and caused three old age homes in Muizenberg to be evacuated.

“It is very close. We were thinking of going to a friend’s house because of the smoke,” said Bronwyn Plummer, who lives in Lakeside.

“We haven’t been told to evacuate yet. This side of the mountain seems to be under control for now. Luckily the wind is blowing away from us now so we have no smoke, but it is close enough to hear.”

Helicopters are being used to water bomb areas engulfed by the fires.

“The wind has been crazy all night. The helicopters couldn’t fly in it last night, but it has calmed down a bit now.”

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Onele Ndesi said 28 fire-fighting vehicles and 16 supporting vehicles were at the scene this morning.

“The fire started on Sunday afternoon and went through the night due to the windy conditions. It started stirring up at 2am this morning ... the wind caused it to stir up again.”

He said some roads, including Chapman’s Peak Drive, had been affected and closed. Schools had also been closed.

Residents on the Lakeside side of the mountain were monitoring the situation anxiously.

Ndesi said no injuries had been reported yet.

“At this stage we are focused on getting the fire under control, but with the current weather conditions in the Cape anything could have started the fire,” Ndesi said.

“What we want to say to the community at this moment is to make sure that they wet their gardens and if they have thatch roofs to wet the roofs as well.”

Mass care centres had been opened at two churches and the Fish Hoek Community Hall to house the people affected.

People can send any donations to the Fish Hoek Community Hall, said Ndesi.

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