Huge fire engulfs St Francis Bay

2012-11-11 20:30

Cape Town -  A huge fire, fanned by strong winds and burning out of control, destroyed scores of houses in St Francis Bay on Sunday.

The fire was jumping from house to house along the canals to the sea, the NSRI said.

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

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

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

Up to 60 houses are said to have been destroyed already.

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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Picture: Craig Jarvis via Twitter

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-11-11 21:09

    Another idiot and a braai. People should recognise high fire danger and not do anything stupid. Our dearly beloved weather service will probably issue a fire warning tomorrow.

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-11-12 11:51

      He should of just had take-out

      chez.kri - 2012-11-12 14:14

      @Preshen. Nothing to do with the above article but your grammatical error is one that drives me crazy. It's not should OF; it's should HAVE. People ssay it fast and turn it into should've. Just saying.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-11-12 14:58

      Ssaying what?

  • ali.asgar.58323 - 2012-11-11 21:15

    Time for south africans to put differences aside and help each other. No arguments for now at least.

  • HelenaMinnie - 2012-11-11 21:48

    We think of all the people involved in the fire. Fire in that circumstances is not an easy one.

  • deon500 - 2012-11-11 22:17

    @hans.pietersen: Dont you think you commented in haste? I do. Of course I agree with you that 2 hands helping to douse the flames are better than a 1000 clasped in prayer but justly as www.hephzibah.wapsite commented, what if one is not near to St. francis?

      anthony.prince.758 - 2012-11-11 23:29

      well said

  • arissa.queens - 2012-11-11 22:55

    Craig, you are being heartless and selfish, lots of animals are burnt alive and people might also be lost to this fire, all you worry about is your own pocket. Shallow very very shallow.

  • tracey.j.clevenger - 2012-11-11 23:53

    Praying in Alabama, USA! For those of you who are bashing the people who are praying.... I don't think I'm helping.. I KNOW I'm helping!

      willie.bester.754 - 2012-11-12 02:33

      Thanks Tracey, I believe those people need prayers very much.....

      phil.losopher.3 - 2012-11-12 17:55

      If you able to assist with a donation please call 042 200 1800. Nothing was ever solved from the comfort of your knees.

  • jazelle.venter - 2012-11-12 01:11

    St. fransis Bay is not in Cape Town, it's in the Eastern Cape, located close to a town called Humansdorp

      rohin.jadin - 2012-11-12 13:09

      just a note for future reference. News 24 (for a reason only known to them) always start their stories with the location from where the article is generated rather than where the event actually took place. Confusing, I knw.

  • daniel.bezuidenhout.18 - 2012-11-12 07:06

    This wind came up in seconds where I live in PE. We were having a nice swim in the pool and suddenly the weather changed into a gale. Those people probably had their braai going already when this wind caught them as I doubt they would have started a fire after the gale started blowing. As for those comments denigrating prayer - in my experience hateful comments like these are made by people who think they are very open minded and intelligent to not believe in prayer or God, but they fail to recognize other people's right to freely choose for themselves what they want to believe. These people obviously have never experienced prayers being answered by the omnipresent living God or they would have supported those comments calling for prayer. My God be with the victims in St Francis and help them cope with this tragedy

  • Jan-Hendrik Van de Venter - 2012-11-12 07:07

    Had a thatch house there on the marina. Sale was finilised last week. Recieved the money Wednesday. Can you say lucky?!

      denise.knight.14289 - 2012-11-12 07:40

      For you yes. My heart goes out to the buyer.

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-11-12 07:54

    Robert Drol....

  • belle.nare - 2012-11-12 08:14

    What an unfortunate incident. My heart goes out to the residents.

  • denepaul - 2012-11-12 08:17

    Hans & Sluiper - what a stupid statement. One should pray and help. Prayer makes a big difference for those who believe and especially those who are traumatized. Just because you have never had anything answered in prayer because of your negative attitude doesn't mean no one else has had. If you can't say anything positive please don't say anything at all.

      Cherri - 2012-11-12 13:11

      @stoned - your atheist views could be construed as spam as well, so why not take some of your own advice and keep those to yourself.

  • gail.cullinan - 2012-11-12 10:34

    Wrecklessness ........ who makes fire when the wind is howling??

  • chez.kri - 2012-11-12 14:11

    Colour me stupid and insensitive but I don't quite get why there was SO much media coverage of this story (main news on 702 at 8am). Yes this is a massive tragedy, no arguments there but i reckon every one of those houses is covered by insurance and almost every person has insurance for their possessions. Yes they have no place to stay and have lost everything-I really do get that but what about a shack fire? Those people have nothing other than what is in that little home. No insurance, no credit card to buy take-aways for dinner or a hotel room. Why so much esxcitement for the wealthy losing when it is so much more devastating for the poor?

      chez.kri - 2012-11-12 23:16

      The 21 dislikes on my comment is what is wrong with this world today,no sympathy or compassion for the poor. to quote an old punk song "eat the rich"

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