WATCH Betty's Bay firefighters end long, hot day with a song and a dance

2019-01-07 13:08
A group of firefighters returned to their base at the Crassula hall in Betty’s Bay on Friday, with song and dance.

A group of firefighters returned to their base at the Crassula hall in Betty’s Bay on Friday, with song and dance. (Anita Pope (Screengrab))

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A group of firefighters returned to their base at the Crassula Community Hall in Betty’s Bay on Friday, with song and dance. 

Anita Pope, who filmed the heartwarming moment, said she would have filmed more, but she was "crying too much". Pope was assisting at the hall.

"It’s been a terrible time and these heroes just give it their all," Pope told News24. "What I saw, the energy and enthusiasm, just filled my heart with joy. They thanked us, when what they do takes so much courage."

Cape Town firefighters were on Monday keeping an eye on a fire which spread from Betty's Bay and forced the evacuation of holidaymakers at Kogel Bay Resort.

An extensive area of vegetation caught alight along the R44 in the Kogel Bay area on Sunday morning, spreading from Betty's Bay on the upper slopes of the mountain, said City Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne. He said the resort was evacuated to ensure the safety of those who were camping at the site.

According to the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association, the fire is 60% contained and has burnt around 5 600 hectares of land.

The man accused of starting a devastating blaze, is expected to appear in the Caledon Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The 34-year-old is facing a charge of contravention of the Nature Conservation Act.

Working on Fire, in a tweet on Monday, said there were 120 operational firefighters working in a joint effort to contain the Betty's Bay Fire, which has been raging for the past seven days. 

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