Cause of Cape fires still unknown, blaze rages on in Paarl

CAPE TOWN – Firefighters say they haven’t lost hope as they continue to battle a devastating blaze in Paarl.

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At least 200 firefighters struggled to contain the fire on Tuesday.

They’ve been assisted by two helicopters as well as two helicopters from the Defence Force.

The blaze started on Monday on the slopes of the Du Toitskloof pass.

Drakenstein Farm Watch secretary Tessa van Leeuwen Boomkamp says it has been an exhausting couple of days.

“If we lose hope then we must all go home and sleep. It is something I would love to do, but I haven’t lost hope.”

She has commended efforts by firefighters and locals in the community.

“All people helped to evacuate animals. People came from all over to help. The security company has also shown immense support.”

According to the Winelands Fire Protection Association’s Dale Nortje, one house has been engulfed by the flames and four other houses have been damaged.

Another hot and windy day has been forecast in the valley, which could fan flames and hamper firefighting efforts.

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