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More homes damaged in Southern Peninsula blaze

The blaze raging on the Southern Peninsula in the Western Cape has claimed at least eight more homes.

Since the start of the blaze started on Sunday in Muizenberg a total of 13 homes has been damaged in one way or another.

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Some Noordhoek residents grabbed only their valuables and their pets when they were evacuated from their homes at about 1am this morning. The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service says eight homes have been damaged with three of them totally destroyed. 

A group of Noordhoek residents spent the night at a local sports complex while others, especially the elderly have taken shelter at a local church hall where relief efforts are underway. 

The fire started raging again around midnight when the wind picked up in Noordhoek with burning embers igniting a thatched roof across Chapman’s Peak Drive.

“The area affected by the change in wind direction is from Kalk Bay, all around the mountain towards the Hout Bay area and then on the opposite side towards Tokai.”

Meanwhile, more fire crews are being brought in from various other provinces to beef up operations.

Residents say this wild fire reminds them of the destruction caused by a similar blaze in the area 15 years ago.


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