'Malicious ignition' behind Grabouw fire

2016-12-29 12:11
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Cape Town - A fire on the Grabouw mountainside, which broke out in the early hours of Thursday, was started by "malicious ignition", the Overberg Municipality said.

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"Someone lit it," said Overberg Fire Chief Reinard Geldenhuys.

The fire appeared to have been started around 01:00 on Thursday morning.

By late morning, it was already 80% contained.

Geldenhuys said that firefighters were still battling the last few active lines and would then begin the mop-up operations.

He said the damage caused had been to mountain fynbos and plantations, but not any areas of economic value.

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