Hands on to fight fire

2017-02-28 06:01
A fire has been raging in Hout Bay since Wednesday 22 February. Residents have rallied to help firefighters with food and water amongst other things.. PHOTO: Justin Sullivan

A fire has been raging in Hout Bay since Wednesday 22 February. Residents have rallied to help firefighters with food and water amongst other things.. PHOTO: Justin Sullivan

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Hout Bay residents and business people have gotten their hands dirty helping firefighters who have been fighting a blaze in the area.

The fire has been raging since Wednesday 22 February. With some areas having flareups yesterday firefighters continued to work tirelessly.

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services confirmed yesterday that the fire was still burning although no property was in immediate danger. “Firefighters are still on scene in Dolphin Road, Hout Bay harbour. The fire is still burning on the upper slopes of the mountain mostly inaccessible to conventional firefighting methods and cars. City firefighters and Table Mountain National Parks are monitoring the fire and standing by on scene to ensure safety,” says Tracy Whittaker, assistant spokesperson of Fire and Rescue Services.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

In a bid to save their homes and to help the firefighters residents have been collecting food, water and energy drinks.

Alec and Casey Pooley opened their home as a collection point to help since the fire started. “The community rallied together to help. It was a lot of hard work but it was easy to do because we knew we had to help to save our houses. It was fun and time went by so quickly when we were helping,” says Alec.

Though this is not the first time they had helped the firefighters, it was the first time they opened their home as a collection point. “The fire was hectic. We opened our house as a collection point from Wednesday till Sunday. We have donated to the firefighters; this time we were hands on. We had to help the firefighters, who were between 160 to 200 people taking shifts to douse the blaze. We had to let them use our lawns. At some point the fire was only 200m from my house and the fighters put in a good effort,” he says.

Another resident, Debby Meinhold, says residents pulled together to help supply what was needed. “I have been amazed by these firefighters; their spirit is unbreakable. After long hikes up the mountain with no less than 25kg on their backs they were always so happy and cheerful and went over and above to show their appreciation for the community’s generosity.

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