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'Cape fires cost the city between R20 and R40 million'

Various fire services battled several massive blazes for over a week in March.

The City’s JP Smith said the fires cost the city between R20 million and R40 million. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Thursday released a report which stated the fires that ravaged the South Peninsula earlier this year were all started by people, two of them deliberately.

Various fire services battled several massive blazes for over a week in March.

The city commissioned an investigation by forensic investigator David Klatzow who found three fires were started by people and didn't occur naturally.

The City's JP Smith said the fires cost the city between R20 million and R40 million.

"We found that two of the fires were purposefully set and that one of them was started by people but not maliciously. So that would be the main fire that started above St James."