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CPT Disaster Management stretches resources to combat fires

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The Cape Town Disaster Management office said its resources were stretched after eleven fire incidents were reported yesterday. Fire fighters worked through the night to douse fires across the province.

The teams will today try to extinguish hotspots in Simons Town where an extensive vegetation fire broke out causing the evacuation of residents in the area.

The fire lead to the closure of the main road as well as several other road closures and evacuations in nearby Ocean View.

Fire Services spokesperson, Liesl Moody, says fire fighting teams will remain on the scene for most of the day in order to put out flare-ups as they occur.

“City fire fighters are still being assisted by table mountain national parks and all the role players assisting and ensuring the safety of the area as well as properties of those who have left their homes.

Meanwhile 22 people were injured in a fire at the Breede Valley Mountains and at Goudini Spa in the Boland.

Residents were evacuated from the spa. Local fire chief, Theo Botha, said they evacuating staff and guests at the Goudini Spa. Botha said that a people were treated for smoke inhalation and people were transported to the Worcester Provincial Hospital for further care.

However, Goudini spas Marketing manager Ranaldo Van Rooy said that the fire threatening the area has been contained and the spa is now open to the public.

“We had to evacuate guests yesterday due the fire in the Rawsonville area. At the moment, we are uncertain of the damage but we can confirm that there were 3 Rondavals that were badly damaged. We are operational and taking in guest. The resort is open to the public.”

VOC (Najma Bibi Noor Mahomed)



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