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Knysna fire death toll climbs to 4

The Knysna fire has claimed another life bringing the death toll to four, the Western Cape government has confirmed.

The fire in Knysna. Picture: Richard Wallis/iWitness

CAPE TOWN - CAPE TOWN - Another person has died in a fire ravaging Knysna, bringing the death toll to four.

Thousands of people are being housed in community halls and other facilities across parts of the Western Cape, as authorities battle a runaway fire in Knysna and carry out mop-up operations in Cape Town following a storm.

Thousands of people were evacuated from the Garden Route town. The inferno broke out on Tuesday.

The provincial Local Government Department's James-Brent Styan says that evacuations are underway in parts of Plettenberg Bay.

“Some people have been evacuated from Plettenberg Bay, 100 people from Robberg and Piesangvallei; we’re also using the Go George buses in that areas. Some of the evacuations may continue if and when needed, but we don’t foresee any mass evacuations like last night.”

The Western Cape government's Colin Deiner says it's unclear how the blaze started.

“Generally at this time of the year we have a number of fires that start due to various reasons. The reason why this was so intense is because we had gale force winds and that was pushing it along.”

LISTEN: Knysna resident recalls moment he lost home in fire

The provincial Local Government Department's James-Brent Styan says that evacuations are underway in parts of Plettenberg Bay.

In the Mother City, a powerful cold front left around 2,000 people homeless.

Five people died as a result of the storm.

The provincial education MEC's spokesperson Jessica Shelver said: “It’s too early to assess the damage and costs involved but our infrastructure team and our colleagues from the Department of Public Works are visiting the schools today to assess damages and we will be in a better position to provide a full update in a few hours.”

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