SANParks: Arson could have sparked Simons Town fire

The blaze started in the Klawer Valley on Wednesday & spread to residential areas yesterday.

Firefighters douse one of the cottages which caught fire at Oatlands Holiday Village in Simon's Town on 19 November 2015. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - South African National Parks says it has not ruled out arson as a possible cause of this week's fire in Simons Town.

Around 60 people had to flee their homes, some of which were gutted.

The City's JP Smith says that in a meeting next week, they will compare possible similarities between the Simons Town fire and the South Peninsula fire in March.

"They will release a full report and we will ask them for it. We are seeing them next week for a meeting about the March fire. We have done an autopsy on what to discuss. Some of the issues that arose from that were that we want to put different measures in place for the future."

Murdock Valley resident Jacqueline Hecq was one of dozens of people evacuated during the fire.

She looked on anxiously as fire crews doused the raging flames, preventing it from spreading to her Disa Road home about a metre away.

Hecq says she didn't get much sleep, following the trauma.

"I am very lucky that we were evacuated because my husband is not well but everything is fine; only some damage outside. It was very surprising because I didn't realise we had a fire on the side of the house."

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

WATCH: Simons Town fire rages on, House in Murdock Valley burns

(Edition Masechaba Sefularo)