PICS: Guests evacuated, structures burnt as Western Cape fires rage on

2017-01-12 08:25 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - Western Cape firefighting authorities have been battling relentlessly to contain hundreds of fires raging across the Cape region since the start of 2017. 

On Wednesday evening, 11 January, fires were still burning in Somerset West and Simon's Town, where residents had to be evacuated as an emergency precaution.

SEE ALERT: Table Mountain trails closed due to Simon’s Town fires

On Thursday morning, residents of Simon’s Town have been allowed to return to their homes again, News24 reports.

Guests evacuated 

In Simon's Town, the Grosvenor Guest House Simon's Town evacuated guests to the Quayside Hotel in the town, which is situated near the water's edge, it said on Thursday morning. 

Further inland in the Badberg Mountains, where a raging fire was contained on Wednesday, guests staying at the popular Goudini Spa in the Slanghoek Valley had to evacuated too. 

Fire services were on the scene already battling the blaze on a number of the buildings and rondawels on the property, some of which burnt down. 

According to ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, 22 people sustained minor to mild smoke inhalation, while 10 patients had to be transported to Worcester Provincial hospital for further care.

The burning down of structures at Goudini Spa comes after many other Wine Estates with accommodation offerings suffered severe fire damage in the past week too. 

SEE: 5 Wine Estates, lodges burnt in the Winelands, fires continue

Residential properties have also been burnt down in the fires. 

For Thursday, the South African Weather Service forecast more favourable firefighting conditions, with even a 30% chance of rain over the Cape region. 

SEE: Weather Update: Chances of rain brings relief to flaming Western Cape

Although the blaze in Paarl had been contained on Wednesday, city officials said the two biggest fires to fight on Thursday were in Somerset West and Simon’s Town

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