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4 Mar 2015
8:43 am

CTown fire spreads, 8 homes damaged (gallery)

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Eight homes were damaged and 300 people evacuated as firefighters battle in Muizenberg where a fire broke out over the weekend, Cape Town Disaster Risk Management said on Wednesday.

Fire engines line the road, after a day of fighting a fire in the mountains above Hout Bay, part of a larger bush fire raging in the mountains on the Cape Peninsula, on March 2, 2015, in the greater Cape Town area. AFP PHOTO/ RODGER BOSCH

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“Since the early hours of this morning, eight houses were damaged, three were badly damaged. One in Noordhoek, two in Tokai, one in the Steenberg Golf Estate and four in Klein Constantia,” said spokeswoman Charlotte Powell.

“At this stage approximately 300 people were evacuated and no injuries reported.”

Powell said the evacuations were in Tokai, Noordhoek and Chapman’s Peak.

“The hotspots where firefighters are trying to contain the fire are Clovelly, Klein Constantia and Tokai,” she said.

Roads that remain closed were Boyes Road, Chapman’s Peak and Clovelly Road.

She said about 300 firefighters were working around the clock, from various places including Working on Fire, City of Cape Town and Table Mountain National Parks.

Various rescue crews worked overnight to try and contain the fire.

Meanwhile, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust said a final decision regarding the changing of routes affected by the fire would be made on Wednesday. Also, the routes for this weekend’s race could be changed

On Monday, the City of Cape Town said that three helicopters water-bombed Hout Bay and Tokai until sunset.

In a statement, the trust said it had been in close contact with the City of Cape Town Disaster management team along with other role players.

“As part of our standard operating procedure, we have alternative route plans available for consideration by the authorities.”

The fire started on Sunday but was contained and started again just after 2am on Monday in Muizenberg above Boyes Drive and was fanned by strong winds.

It spread to Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Tokai.

One city firefighter had been admitted to hospital after sustaining burn wounds while 52 frail-care residents from the Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.

Five homes had been destroyed along Silvermine in Noordhoek.

There was also some damage to parts of Tintswalo Lodge at the foot of Chapman’s Peak.