Five firefighters hurt, homes evacuated in Simon’s Town fire

The fire was reported on the mountain slopes above Simon’s Town on Tuesday at 7am. Picture: City of Cape Town

Five firefighters have been injured and people have been evacuated from their homes, says the City, as the Simon’s Town fire rages on.

The fire was reported on the mountain slopes above Simon’s Town on Tuesday at 7am.

Three water-bombing helicopters and about 300 firefighters from the Table Mountain National Park, NCC Environmental Services and the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) as well as Disaster Risk Management Centre volunteers are battling the blaze.

City Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Jermaine Carelse said the fire had damaged some dilapidated buildings at around 8pm yesterday and Harbour Heights residents had been evacuated as a precaution just before 1am today.

Two of the five injured firefighters had been hospitalised, he said.

“We would like to commend the firefighting efforts of not only our City staff but those from TMNP, NCC, Working on Fire, VWS and Disaster Risk Management Centre volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the night to keep the community safe,” Mr Carelse said.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Five firefighters have been injured, including two who were hospitalised. Picture: City of Cape Town.
Harbour Heights residents were evacuated just before 1am today. Picture: City of Cape Town.
The neighbourhoods in the vicinity of the fire have been blanketed in thick smoke. Picture: City of Cape Town.
Three helicopters have been water bombing the area. Picture: City of Cape Town.