St Francis Bay fire under control

2012-11-12 07:23

Cape Town - Firefighters eventually managed to bring a massive fire that destroyed at least a hundred homes in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape under control, it was reported on Monday morning.

They battled for hours to stop the raging fire, which destroyed many holiday homes.

On Monday morning, emergency crews were busy with damping down operations, reported Eyewitness News, after the blaze had finally been extinguished late on Sunday night. Only small pockets of fire were left in random spots.

The inferno is thought to have begun at the Royal Wharf, where a group of people were apparently having a braai.

For hours, firefighters battled with raging flames which were fanned by a strong westerly wind.

Ten fire engines had been brought to fight the flames and more had been called in from the Nelson Mandela Bay and Koukamma municipalities to help, Sapa quoted Kouga municipality’s Laura-Leigh Randall as saying.

The local golf club’s Nita Langehoven, where some residents had taken refuge, told EWN: “It’s really bad… to see the people’s faces is not nice. They have lost everything.”

People from surrounding areas had come to their aid, offering accommodation for those left destitute.

People had even come forward to help dogs and cats affected.

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-11-12 07:42

    My heart goes out to the owners of those houses.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-12 08:23

      Its not just the owners who lost out, the financial impact will have a great ripple effect on a lot of companies and associated people.... companies can liquidate, staff can get retrenched etc

  • Nathan - 2012-11-12 07:44

    guess the bonuses might be a bit tight at the insurance companies this year!

      Cherri - 2012-11-12 08:33

      Guess you're an, actually with a comment like that, I know you are.

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-11-12 08:20

    Braai gone wrong??

      bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-12 09:01

      Jip, scary how easy a fire can spread...

      silenta.solly - 2012-11-12 09:44

      who would have thought, a simple braai causing this much damage....Dont think ill be braaing again

  • thelma.flynn.96 - 2012-11-12 08:27

    Damned carelessness if you ask me. Were prbably drunk on top of it

  • kooskanmar - 2012-11-12 08:41

    Looks like a war zone. Braai + stong winds + thatched roofs = recipe for a disaster.

  • mosis.hanz - 2012-11-12 08:43

    The Dumb idiots that decided that a Braai/Barbecue was a good idea in gale force winds should pay fines or go to jail; people could have died because of a complete lack of regard toward neighbour and property.

  • vivaci.merci - 2012-11-12 09:04

    I have a photo but cant get it submitted.

  • mandy.komlosy - 2012-11-12 09:12

    I feel sorry for the animals !!!

  • luzanne.marais - 2012-11-12 09:13

    Our hioliday home is gone.......!!!! As sad and devastated as we are our hearts go out to our permanent residence...

  • riette.mckenzie - 2012-11-12 09:18

    So jammer vir die mense wie hul huise verloor het, dit is bitter hartseer, daai magtelose gevoel, want wat kan mens maak teen 'n verterende vuur gelukkig geen verlies aan lewens nie

  • collin.jennings.39 - 2012-11-12 09:37

    Rooi Bul - what a chop you are! Back in the kraal please.......

  • fourtyfour.para - 2012-11-14 10:15

    @ Rooi Bul There are world views in conflict here. The one believes in hard work, denying themselves instant gratification by abstaining from self destructive behavior and practices (alcohol, drugs, communism) and have been blessed to be able to invest in property and make a holiday home out of it, where they spend quality family time and a welcome, well deserved break from months of hard work in a political and economical environment where all the odds are against you to make substantial profitable business these days. The other world view, which your response to these peoples loss and suffering seems to indicate your subscription to, is the one involving jealousy and covetousness. This world view thinks that some people have not, because some one else has it, and that it is the government who should redistribute to those who don't have. The first world view promotes an increase of wealth, the second destroys it. Change your faith brother, and get out of that hatred and bitterness you carry. These people worked for what they lost and deserve respect, not a rebuke for having wealth.

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