Fire forces evacuation of dementia care facility

An areal view of the fire that broke out in the Noordhoek wetlands on Tuesday.

Residents of Sara Valley, a dementia care facility in Noordhoek, were evacuated on Tuesday because of a fire in the nearby wetlands.

The owner of the facility, Catherine Buncombe, said all the residents were safe and accounted for.

“Our houses are all fine and not damaged, just the reeds around us are affected. Everything will be back to normal soon,” she said.

She added that she was grateful to the community.

“We have received so much help from everyone. From Lake Michelle to Cape Medical Response to the firefighters. They were all incredible.”

Lake Michelle residents who were close to the fence were on stand-by to evacuate but according to Candice Salmon, of the Lake Michelle Homeowners’ Association, it was not necessary.

“No residents were evacuated and no properties have been affected,” she said.

City Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Jermaine Carelse said the fire had been reported at 2.19pm and firefighters had arrived to find the reeds alight.

He said 70 firefighters and 14 firefighting appliances were on scene and helicopters had been requested to water bomb the area. He said the cause of the fire was unknown.