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WC firefighters remain on high alert

Fire crews battled a bush blaze on the mountain slopes above Fish Hoek and Glencairn yesterday.

A chopper belonging to Working on Fire was deployed to Glencairn on the weekend of the 22 November 2014. Picture: @wo_fire via Twitter
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CAPE TOWN - Firefighters will continue to monitor hotspots across the South Peninsula over the next few days following a devastating wild fire that ravaged several hectares of farmland.

Fire crews battled a bush blaze on the mountain slopes above Fish Hoek and Glencairn yesterday.

It jumped from two Metrorail carriages which had caught alight in the area.

Officials discovered a body inside one of the burnt out carriages.

The fire forced many locals to flee with only a handfull of personal items after the fire flared up between their homes.

A resident who was evacuated said, “The other things you can replace, but losing a house is a big thing to lose.”

While most families returned home last night, fire crews remained in the area to secure fire lines and monitor hotspots.

Cape Town’s hot and dry summer conditions often make it susceptible to wildfires. Last year was particularly devastating, with 5,000 hectares of vegetation being burnt. 

The fire took four days to bring under control and damaged or destroyed 13 homes.

Click here to take a look at EWN’s special feature on the 2015 fire.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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