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Raging fire edging closer to Scarborough homes

More than 100 firefighters are on the scene with additional manpower en route.

At least 100 firefighters battled a fire that broke out in Scarborough on 11 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A massive fire in Scarborough is edging closer to homes in the area.

#ScarboroughFire. SS @4everSiya pic.twitter.com/pKlKyShZaW

The inferno has grown considerably in the last few hours, spreading to two other areas.

Panicked residents looked on as raging flames burned relentlessly, spurred on by intense winds.

WATCH: #ScarboroughFire appears to be getting worse, inferno fanned by strong winds. SS pic.twitter.com/BR0l8tsydq

Determined firefighters are still battling the blaze as thick clouds of smoke engulf the area.

Water-bombing helicopters have temporarily ceased operations due to poor visibility and more than 100 firefighters are on the scene with additional manpower en route.

'ARSON TO BLAME'

A Kommetjie resident believes arson could be behind a massive vegetation fire raging on mountain slopes in Scarborough.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated but one resident says she believes it was started on purpose.

Meanwhile, several homes have been destroyed in Ocean View as the massive Scarborough veld fire keeps spreading.

The City of Cape Town's Felicity Purchase said, "The fire has swept over the top of the mountain into Ocean View and now it has come into the Rasta Camp which is an informal area. So far we've lost about seven of the shacks there."

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.