Simon's Town fire extinguished

The rainy weather has brought relief, although it came too late for some residents who lost their homes.

FILE: A house catches fire in Murdock Valley, Simon's Town in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A fire in the Simon's Town area has now been extinguished.

Crews worked tirelessly to kill the blaze.

The rainy weather has brought some relief, although it came too late for some residents who lost their homes in the fire.

Firefighters are this morning still stationed along Main Road near Murdock Valley, where several homes have been gutted by blaze.

A large part of the mountain along the main road has been blackened and plumes of smoke can be seen rising into the air.

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.

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.

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."