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Cape firefighters respond to almost 500 incidents in January alone

A bush fire in the South Peninsula razed 21 homes at an informal settlement in the Ocean View area this week.

Firefighters tackle the fire that swept down to the Ocean View community on 11 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services said its crews have responded to almost 500 incidents over the past few days.

A bush fire in the South Peninsula razed 21 homes at an informal settlement in the Ocean View area this week.

It was one of more than 400 blazes.

When asked whether they will return to the site where their homes once stood, most community members were despondent, saying they don't know how they're going to survive.

One resident claim firefighters did not do enough to help while officials say terrain made it difficult for fire crews to operate.

The City of Cape Town said of the 495 fire calls it received between 7 and 11 of January, 428 were catagorised as bush or rubbish fires.

This amount to almost a 100 incidents a day.

As schools reopen today, parents are asking the public for help as they lost everything.

Members from the Rastafarian community have found temporary shelter in the Ocean View Community Centre after they lost everything in Monday's blaze.

Children were playing outside, while worried parents such as Isak Booysen looked on.

"Everything went up in flames, all their books and everything else is gone. Now I am struggling."

Other parents in the hall suffered similar losses and are asking the public for help.

Donations can be dropped off at Ocean View Community Centre, particularly those that will enable their children to start school today.

Click here to take a look at EWN's special feature on the 2015 fire.