WATCH | Two treated for smoke inhalation after Cape Gate hospital catches fire

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Cape Gate Hospital engulfed in flames.
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Two people have been treated for smoke inhalation after Cape Gate Hospital, situated in Brackenfell, caught fire on Monday evening.

According to the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue department, they received an emergency call at approximately 20:00.

Firefighters from Kraaifontein, Durbanville, Brackenfell and Bellville were on scene, Fire and Rescue's spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said.

He said that the first floor of the section of the hospital has been evacuated.

"At this stage, two persons were treated for smoke inhalation, and no other injuries were reported," said Carelse.

Cape Gate Hospital engulfed in flames
Cape Gate Hospital engulfed in flames.
Cape Gate Hospital engulfed in flames
Cape Gate Hospital engulfed in flames.
Cape Gate Hospital engulfed in flames
Cape Gate Hospital engulfed in flames.
Cape Gate Hospital engulfed in flames
Cape Gate Hospital engulfed in flames.

He said that a Fire Safety Inspector has been requested to ascertain the cause of the fire. 

"The flames that [were] visible in the videos that are doing the rounds [on social media] were in fact two water tanks at the side of the building that was also burning," he added.

"Initial reports suggests that it was the store room area on the first floor and two water tanks outside the building that were burning."

The fire was extinguished just after 22:00 and crews managed to clear the smoke logged areas.

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