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7 homes gutted in Ocean View as Scarborough blaze rages on

Fire and Rescue Services evacuated some residents in Ocean View due to heavy smoke.

Ocean View resident Elroy-Ricardo Isaacs looks at the smouldering ruins of his home on 11 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison.

CAPE TOWN - Fire and Rescue Services has evacuated some residents in Ocean View as the Scarborough veld fire rages on.

At least 100 firefighters are being supported by five water-bombing helicopters and about 30 vehicles.

The fire started in Scarborough earlier today and grew considerably, spreading to two other areas.

The City of Cape Town says seven shacks have been destroyed at the Rasta camp in Ocean View.

Slangkop Road and Main Road were closed between Redhill & Kommetjie due to fire.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, but a resident believes arson could be behind the massive fire.

Several Ocean view residents stepped out onto the streets to watch helicopters drop water on the fire that's edging closer to their homes.

The flames are currently spreading down the mountain slope toward the residential area of Ocean View.

Some residents have been told to evacuate due to heavy smoke.

Medical personnel are also on the scene, ready to assist.

The City of Cape Town's Felicity Purchase says firefighters are attempting to stop the fire from spreading to other Ocean View homes.

"We have to limit the amount of damage in terms of the dwellings, that's our priority. The helicopters have just come back. The smoke was too thick previously, but they're back now and on track. If we can kill ahead of this fire, we should be able to save the rest of the shacks."

COMMUNITY BLAMES FIREFIGHTERS

A Rasta community in Kommetjie is blaming firefighters after several homes burned down.

#oceanviewfire The remains of one of at least 8 homes officials say have been burnt in the so-called "Rasta Camp" AH pic.twitter.com/V2fTmxmWue

The fire has since been contained.

Firefighters had been struggling to contain the blaze, which had crept down the mountain slope.

But it seems the Rastafarian community affected is fuming, with some crying as they recount all the possessions they've lost.

#oceanviewfire A heartbroken Elroy-Ricardo Isaacs looks at his tortoises as the SPCA tries to revive them. AH pic.twitter.com/hUX5VDVexa

A resident says he's distraught as he has lost all his worldly possessions.

"All my belongings... my ID, my child's birth certificate, my uncle's bakkie, our TV... everything is gone. There is nothing left of my house."

Cape Town's hot and dry summer conditions often make it susceptible to wildfires. Last year was particularly devastating, with 5,000 hectares of vegetation being burnt. The fire took four days to bring under control and damaged or destroyed 13 homes. Take a look at EWN's special feature on the 2015 fire.

Pictures by Aletta Harrison/EWN.