Homes destroyed in Simon's Town blaze

2015-11-19 14:06

15:14 UPDATE: The blaze destroyed four houses on Dorries Drive, 1 house in Harrington Street and 10 structures in Oatland Holiday Village. Evacuation of Froggy Pond, Simon’s Town is in progress.

14:57 UPDATE: From her home in the mountain, Caryl Vaughan-Scott can see part of the Simon’s Town mountain which is aflame.

“I’m worried,” she told News24 on Thursday.

“There’s just flames, smoke and helicopters. It’s difficult to see much else.”

Firefighters are battling the blaze which was burning close to residential parts of Simon's Town, but there were no confirmed reports of structural damage, the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services said.

But photos on social media show flames dangerously close to homes.

Ward councillor Simon Leill-Cock said some of the chalets at the Oatlands Holiday Village have been damaged after the thatched roofs caught fire.

He has also been informed that four or five house in Dorries Drive have been damaged.

14:41 UPDATE: Part of the main road in Simon's Town, Cape Town, has been closed and some residents have been evacuated as a fire continues to burn in the area on Thursday.

There were also users on Twitter saying that houses had been damaged but the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services could not confirm this.

14:31 UPDATE: A fire was burning close to residential parts of Simon's Town on Thursday, but there were no confirmed reports of structural damage, the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services said.

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"We can’t confirm exactly what the situation is as far as residential properties are concerned," said spokesperson Theo Layne.

"There is a lot of smoke in the area at the moment and no immediate need for any evacuations as yet."

However, the Kleinberg Primary School in Ocean View had decided to send their children home "as a precautionary measure" because of the amount of smoke generated in a small time.

Three helicopters water-bombed the inaccessible parts of the mountains above Simon’s Town.

The blaze was in Klaver Valley.

Firefighters worked through the night to contain the fire. It started on Wednesday afternoon, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

- Read more: Firefighters still battling blaze above Simon's Town

The City’s firefighters were assisted by teams from Table Mountain National Park, Working on Fire, as well as the SA Navy and Volunteer Wildfire Services.

The SA Weather Service warned of veld fire conditions in places over the interior of the Western and Northern Cape.

The NSRI’s Simon's Town station has also set up a refreshment station and has called for immediate donations of food and drink. It can be dropped at the Simon's Town Fire Station on the Main Road between Lower North Battery and Pisces Divers Cape Town.

The conditions were not expected to carry over into Friday.

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