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Knysna fire: Road closures still in place

A family of three died in the fire which officials have described as the largest and most destructive in a built up area in recent years.

A section of N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay has been closed to traffic as the fire is burning on both sides of the road. Picture: Richard Wallis/iWitness

CAPE TOWN – Additional resources are being made available to try to bring a devastating fire between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay under control.

On Thursday morning, the South African National Defence Force was roped in to provide assistance as the blaze rages on, leading to the evacuation of up to 10,000 people from their homes.

A family of three died in the fire which officials have described as the largest and most destructive in a built up area in recent years.

A meeting is currently underway to assess the extent of the blaze.

Knysna municipality’s Fran Kirsten says: “We have had the elderly evacuated and they are being housed in another house but it’s not because of the fire.

“So it’s a massive evacuation campaign. Of course, the roads between George and Knysna, and Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are still closed.”

The Western Cape Health Department says 82 patients have been evacuated from the Knysna Hospital.

The Department's Mark van der Heever: "Yesterday afternoon the Knysna Hospital started to evacuate due to the hospital being in the direct line of the fire. They successfully evacuated 82 patients to three alternative sites, two private hospitals as well as a nearby church."

At least 50 properties - including the hostel of Knysna High School - have reportedly been gutted by the blaze which broke out on Tuesday night. A provincial hospital was also evacuated while 15 buses from George were dispatched to Knysna to assist with evacuations.

One resident says his home was destroyed in a matter of minutes: "It happened in minutes. The fire was actually a couple of kilometers away and it flew over a hill and caught light on our side of the hill and was on top of us within minutes."

NGO's and other groups have also stepped in to help as the fire continues to ravage the region.

Knysna municipality's Fran Kirsten: "We have a lot of manpower trying to contain that fire but it has started flaring up in the night. The wind is blowing quite heavily now and that fire is posing a problem at the moment."

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