CT firefighters battle Saron blaze

A number of structures have been gutted and 2,000 hectares of vegetation ravaged.

FILE: Fire has broken out in Saron. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency crews are battling a massive fire in the Saron area in the Western Cape.

The Provincial Environmental Affairs and Local Government Department says a number of structures have been gutted.

The cause of the blaze, which has also ravaged more than 2,000 hectares of vegetation, is unclear at this stage.

The department's James Styan says, "Fire crews over the evening did their best under fire storm conditions but they managed to protect all the main buildings and some of the farms in the area. Some deserted houses were lost. The fire is still burning at the moment and has spread to the Winterhoek mountains."

Some people in that region have fled their homes as a precaution.

Resident Suzette Scholtz says volunteers have been handing out food parcels to affected families who spent the night in the town hall.

"The fire that started in the field last night was worse and we had to evacuate some of the farm workers and bring them to a safe place in the town hall. We've never expected this type of fire in Saron. This was a first experience for everybody."