A huge fire engulfs St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape. (Deon Ferreira, Die Burger)
Cape Town – Firefighters eventually managed to bring a massive fire that destroyed at least a hundred homes in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape under control, it was reported on Monday morning.
They battled for hours to stop the raging fire, which destroyed many holiday homes.
On Monday morning, emergency crews were busy with damping down operations, reported Eyewitness News, after the blaze had finally been extinguished late on Sunday night. Only small pockets of fire were left in random spots.
The inferno is thought to have begun at the Royal Wharf, where a group of people were apparently having a braai.
For hours, firefighters battled with raging flames which were fanned by a strong westerly wind.
Ten fire engines had been brought to fight the flames and more had been called in from the Nelson Mandela Bay and Koukamma municipalities to help, Sapa quoted Kouga municipalityâ€™s Laura-Leigh Randall as saying.
The local golf clubâ€™s Nita Langehoven, where some residents had taken refuge, told EWN: â€œItâ€™s really badâ€¦ to see the peopleâ€™s faces is not nice. They have lost everything.â€?
People from surrounding areas had come to their aid, offering accommodation for those left destitute.
People had even come forward to help dogs and cats affected.
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