Mop-up operations to continue in Simon’s Town

Scores of people had to be evacuated while several homes were gutted in the blaze.

FILE: 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 - Some Simon's Town residents who suffered damage to their homes during this past week's devastating fires will continue mop-up operations over the weekend.

Fires started raging through the Klawer Valley Mountains on Wednesday, and by Thursday, it spread to homes in Murdock Valley.

Scores of people had to be evacuated while several homes were gutted in the blaze.

SANParks says it hasn't ruled out the possibility of arson during its investigation.

A building contractor in Simon's Town Adriaan Lategan says he was working on renovations on a Murdock Valley house when the fire broke out.

He says his team had to help fire crews douse flames in attempts to save their building.

"It is devastating effect the fire had on our progress, we had to stop work halfway through the day because of the amount of smoke. Basically we used a swimming pool, bucket full of water and hose pipes to douse the fire. It took us four hours to get the fire under control."

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.

WATCH: Simon's Town fire rages on, House in Murdock Valley burns