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Dale Steyn: Im shocked and devastated by the Cape fires

The Proteas star received a shocking call earlier this week which made him wish he was back in Cape Town.

FILE: The scene from a school in Muizenberg which sent pupils home as a precaution earlier this week. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn on Friday described the crippling Cape Town fires as devastating, saying tough times lied ahead for residents the of Muizenburg.

The Proteas star is a Cape Town resident, and said he, along with numerous teammates were glued to their phones trying to stay up to date with the extent of the damage over the past few days.

He is currently in Auckland with the national cricket team who play Pakistan tomorrow in their next world cup match.

Several days of blazes in the Cape Peninsula forced evacuations, caused millions of rands in damage and prompted a massive response.

Steyn received a shocking call earlier this week which made him wish he was back in Cape Town to help with the disastrous fires, which ravaged the area.

The people who were looking after my house called me and said youve got five minutes, we are evacuating this place, what do you want us to take out of your house?

He said a lot of souvenirs were inside the house.

Ive never been more scared in my life. Every wicket, every ball is in that house. It was pretty scary to think what do you tell this person, theyve got five minutes and theyve got to take everything out.'

Steyn had nothing but praise for the brave fire fighters who put their lives at risk.

Theyve never met before; theyve never met most of the people. They were just kind of throwing themselves at it and putting out that fire. Faf du Plessiss house and Jacques Kalliss lawn was on fire. If I was back at home, Id dive straight into it and do what I could to help. Those are pretty tough times back home right now.

Hot spots were being monitored on Friday afternoon but officials said the fires were under control.

Watch: Incredible footage captured by VWS firefighter Dean Harrison provides a different perspective on water-bombing that took place in Tokai on 3 March 2015.