Somerset West counts cost of devastating fire

By Khanyisa Tabata
17 April 2011

The devastating fire that raged through Somerset West near Cape Town yesterday has been brought under control. But fire fighters remain on the scene.

It destroyed at least 10 homes and the four-star Straightway Head Country Hotel on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain.

People and animals had to be evacuated as helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and at least 29 emergency services vehicles battled the blaze, fanned by a strong wind.

Off-duty fire teams responded to a call for help, while volunteers supplied the emergency workers with food and cool drinks.


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