Res­i­dents evac­u­ated as fires threaten homes

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

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.

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