Table Mountain fire under control

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cape Town - The fires which broke out on Table Mountain in Cape Town have been brought under control by helicopters carrying water bombs.

Head of the City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre Greg Pillay told BuaNews four helicopters were being used to extinguish the fires which had spread around Devil's Peak.

"Four helicopters carrying water bombs are in the air. The fire is under control" said Mr Pillay.

Firefighters worked most of the night to get the fire, which started on Tuesday, under control.

"Five firefighters sustained minor injuries such as a sprained ankle, while two members of the public, suspected to be vagrants, sustained third degree burns and were taken to a local hospital," said Mr Pillay.

He said schools in the area had not been closed but added that "several roads on the fringes of the mountain" had been closed.