Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fire forces evacuation of Somerset West properties

By Khanyisa Tabata
16 April 2011

Cape Town fire-fighters are evacuating people from their homes as a massive fire rages in the Helderberg Mountains above Somerset West.

The fire started in the town’s nature reserve this morning. About 10 farms and other properties have been affected.

Spokesperson Theo Lane says three helicopters and three fixed-wing aircraft are helping the crews of 19 fire trucks to fight the blaze. Motorists are warned that smoke is making visibility in the area poor


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