Residents evacuated as fires threaten homes
Suburbs were evacuated in the Overberg region of the Western Cape on Friday as three large fires damaged several houses and threatened scores more.
One report said 10 houses had been destroyed in Franskraal, near Gansbaai, as 60km/h winds gusting up to 94km/h fuelled flames that towered over buildings.
Overstrand chief fire officer Lester Smith confirmed that homes had been gutted in Franskraal and Betty’s Bay.
“We have three fires currently. In some of the areas there was damage to property.
“A full assessment will be done then we will confirm how much damage has been caused.
“The main objective at the moment is that we put out the fire. But we can confirm that there was property damage in Franskraal and Betty’s Bay.”
Smith said residents had been evacuated in a number of areas, including the Hermanus suburbs of Hermanus Heights, Fernkloof and Eastcliff, as the fire came too close to the properties.
TERRIFYING SIGHT: The fire roars behind a house in Franskraal