JOHANNESBURG, December 19 – Multiple houses were alight in St Francis Bay on Tuesday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.
NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, Sara Jane Smith, said the crew were activated at around 11am to assist at multiple houses alight in St Francis Bay Village.
“An evacuation of residents from houses in the immediate affected area was ordered by the Municipality while teams of fire fighters, emergency services, volunteers, residents and good Samaritans battled to contain the multiple fires and flare ups. A patient triage area was set up at a local church where smoke inhalation and injuries were attended to,” Smith said.
“An NSRI doctor, local doctors and NSRI and volunteer DRM medics assisted paramedics treating patients for minor to moderate injuries and one serious injury was attended to. One patient, an adult male, suffered serious carbon monoxide poisoning and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a serious condition.”
Smith said that at least 20 houses were affected, but the number has not been confirmed after the fire spread across thatch roof houses and dry vegetation in the area fanned by strong winds.
“Residents and their pets were evacuated to safety.”
Smith said that the NSRI St Francis Bay and NSRI Oyster Bay dispatched crews to assist and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and DRM volunteers, Traffic Services, SA Police Services, Private Care ambulance services, Eastern Cape emergency medical services EMS and fire departments from St Francis Bay, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Kareedouw, Nelson Mandela Bay and Kouga, including the Sarah Baartman District ,were dispatched.
Security companies and a large deployment of community members and residents assisted.
Farmers from Patensie, Thornhills and Rocklands also arrived and assisted on the scene and NSRI Oyster Bay appealed to the Brakkeduine 4×4 group who sent teams of members to assist, Smith said. (ANA)