The popular La Colline function venue was saved as the fire came to within 100m of the property.
The head Safety and Security in Nelson Mandela, John Best, said that now it is about “containment and damping down” as no rain has been forecast and large parts of the bushy areas are only accessible by foot.
“The wind died down about 10pm (Tuesday) and everything started going a bit better. The fire still continued burning out towards the Heatherbank area, hence the owners of horses at the riding club evacuated the horses,” he said.
Best said that two trucks stayed on scene throughout the night monitoring the situation.
He said the dry and windy conditions caused the fire to “run”. Best said the whole cost evaluation will be done over the next few days.
The fire began in the Chelsea area on the city’s outskirts Tuesday afternoon and soon raced along towards Theescombe and Kamma Heights leaving a heavy pall of smoke over the city.