53 homes in Wupperthal to be demolished after devastating fire

The Moravian Church of Southern Africa says that Heritage Western Cape issued a directive and has given authority to demolish the historical buildings and structures that pose a danger.

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

CAPE TOWN - The town of Wupperthal is on lockdown as demolition crews move in following a devastating fire.

The Moravian Church of Southern Africa says that buildings that were damaged in last week's fire will be demolished.

The church says that Heritage Western Cape issued a directive and has given authority to demolish the historical buildings and structures that pose a danger.

Disaster co-ordinator and spokesperson for the Moravian Church, Wilfred Solomons Johannes.

"Fifty-three of these historical buildings will be demolished, however, it will be a phased approach. They will commence first with the homes that have asbestosis, as a result of the environmental health concerns and once that is done, to commence with the demolition of the clay homes."

Police are investigating a case of arson.