PICS | Cars, houses destroyed as firefighters battle blaze on slopes of Table Mountain

2020-03-15 16:51
Fire and smoke seen at the bottom of Table Mountain in Cape Town on 15 March 2020.

Fire and smoke seen at the bottom of Table Mountain in Cape Town on 15 March 2020. (Kate Henry)

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City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services are battling a blaze on the slopes of Table Mountain which began below Tafelberg Road on Sunday.

Spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said there were more than 200 firefighters on the scene, excluding Table Mountain National Park and Working on Fire crews.

"We are dealing with two fires - one below Tafelberg Road and the other by Signal Hill. Several vehicles have been destroyed on Signal Hill and a few dwellings destroyed," he said.

Carelse added that there were confirmed reports of three dwellings being affected on Trek and Higgo roads.

A tweet from the SANParks Table Mountain National Park account said: "Crews will remain on the line throughout the evening. According to the City of Cape Town, five houses have been affected by the fire as well as six vehicles have been burnt... along Signal Hill road."

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The City thanked the public who had donated refreshments for firefighters, but requested that these be dropped off at the Roeland Street Fire Station and not on scene.

Roads that are closed due to the fire are Kloofnek Road and Bellevue Road towards Camps Bay, and Geneva Drive, Camps Bay.

Residents were urged to close all windows and doors to prevent draft and reduce heat.

Members of the public were also advised to try to reduce their exposure to the smoke from the fire.

Wildfire smoke irritates your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Children, pregnant women, people with asthma and heart disease needed to be especially careful, the City said.

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