Scores evacuated following Simon's Town fire

The fire started along the Klawer Valley Mountains & spread to residential areas yesterday.

Several cottages at the Oatlands Holiday Village were gutted when the mountain fire moved into residential areas in Simon's Town on 19 November 2015. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A destructive Simon's Town fire is the worst in 15 years according to some residents.

At least 60 people had to flee their homes, some of which were destroyed in the blaze started earlier this week.

At least five houses have been destroyed and 10 structures have been damaged at the Oatlands Holiday Village.

The fire started along the Klawer Valley Mountains on Wednesday and spread to residential areas yesterday.

In a panicked dash to safety, several residents evacuated their homes with only a few personal belongings.

The Navy had alerted them to the looming inferno.

Covered in soot and ash, concerned residents line the main road, watching helplessly as their homes were burned to the ground.

Access roads to Simon's Town had been closed for several hours while more than 200 firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control.

Food and clothing donations have been flooding emergency shelters established to accommodate affected families.

Firefighters have resorted to using nearby swimming pools to bolster their water supply.

One panicked resident said she fled with only a few of her belongings.

"Things were getting too hot. It was raining smoke. I couldn't see how close the fire was, so I decided it was time to go."