Hout Bay fire under control

2012-02-06 19:37

Cape Town - The fire that raged through the mountain vegetation and valley reed beds of Hout Bay is being brought under control.

Cape Town fire ground units are monitoring the area and damping down several remaining hot spots.

The Ambleside school closed early and sent their children home. Residents of the Kronendal retirement village also vacated their homes according to Hout Bay resident Rachel Fenner. The nearby Baymews old age home was not affected. Nobody was injured.

Another resident, Diane Chappel, says exhausted firemen are resting on her lawn before attacking the few remaining hot spots.

Theo Lane of the fire service says that no property was damaged but the dense smoke could have affected the smaller children quite badly. The fire burned right up to the fences of some properties.

Nobody was officially evacuated.

Although the helicopter was called out as a precaution it was soon returned to base as it was not needed.

Cooler weather is expected on Tuesday which will help fire ground crews to put out the few remaining hot spots which are very inaccessible.