Wupperthal fire destroys dozens of homes

Although the blaze has been extinguished, firefighters are still in the area in case of flare-ups.

The church was one of the buildings destroyed when a fire ripped through in Wupperthal, Cederberg. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A church leader in Wupperthal in the Cederberg says a fire has wiped out dozens of homes in the small town.

Although the blaze has been extinguished, firefighters are still in the area in case of flare-ups.

It’s still unclear how the fire broke out.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

Moravian Church minister Reverend Martin Abrahams says the extent of the damage is widespread: “We’ve lost a school hostel, which is supposed to house 220 children in two weeks’ time. We’ve also lost a community hall, along with a shopping complex and restaurant.”

An NPO in the Overberg district is collecting donations for families who've lost homes in Wupperthal.

Heinrich Sauls, founder of Changemakers Cricket Club: "They can contact me on my cell phone number 063 8396 741. What I will do on my side in the Overberg, I' residing in Riviersonderend, and I'm also trying to see if I can do some collections down here."

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)