Fire destroys 76 houses in St Francis

Houses ablaze in St Francis Bay on 11 November 2012. Picture: Supplied
A man looks on as a property is engulfed in flames in St Francis Bay on 11 November 2012. Picture: Craig Jarvis via Twitter.
At least 76 homes in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape were gutted after a raging runaway fire on 11 November 2012. Picture: Twitter

CAPE TOWN – At least 76 homes were destroyed by fires in St Francis, the local municipality revealed on Monday.

There were fears that over 100 properties were destroyed in the Eastern Cape holiday town on Sunday evening.

The fire, which started on Sunday evening, moved from house to house along the canals, fanned by strong winds.

Municipal spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall said, “Mop-up operations are underway. Our staff is at the canal to see if there is any further assistance that can be offered or things that can be salvaged.”

She said the community rallied around those left homeless.

“A lot of people in the community have come forward to offer accommodation and food.”

Local politicians were due to visit the area on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, two firemen who were slightly injured in the blaze were released from hospital on Monday.

Randall said they were still calculating how much damage the fire caused and how many families will need temporary shelter.

She said while the cause of the fire is not yet known, it appeared to have started at an empty house.

To view a video on the St Francis fire click here

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)