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Some Paarl residents housed at school as wildfire rages on

More than 200 firefighters are battling the blaze which started on the slopes of the Du Toitskloof pass yesterday.

A blaze broke out on the slopes of the Du Toitskloof pass on Monday, 16 January 2017. Picture: Ilze-Marie le Roux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some Paarl residents, evacuated due to a raging wildfire, are being housed at a local primary school.

More than 200 firefighters are battling the blaze which started on the slopes of the Du Toitskloof pass on Monday.

They are being assisted by helicopters.

Around 50 residents, among them small children, have fled their properties.

Joe Chidameo is among them. He says he had to leave his house at 3am.

“It was not a small fire, it was a huge fire. When you try to fight it with water, it’s like taking petrol and putting on heat (sic).”

Marianne Muller says she had to assist her paralysed grandmother.

“We had too much smoke coming in. Because of my grandmother’s condition, we couldn’t stay there and struggled to breath.”

The fire has not been brought under control yet and some structures are still in danger.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)