Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Arson investigated in Cape fires

By Yamkela Xhaso
20 January

Authorities in Cape Town are investigating whether some of the veld fires which have hit the Cape Peninsula over the past few days had been deliberately started.

The fire season has been particularly busy. It has been made worse by dry vegetation, high temperatures and near gale force winds. Yesterday alone, fire-fighters were called out to no less than 78 bush and mountain fires.

City of Cape Town’s Charlotte Powell said this morning were monitoring blazes around the Athlone sewerage works.

“The fire is still not contained and the city’s fire services are working to put the fire out”

“The were no injuries reported” said Powell

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