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Death toll in Cape Town blaze rises to 5

A Firefighter has died in a battle with fire which raises a death toll to a total of 5 in Cape Town.

There have been more than 2 000 fires in the Western Cape over the past two months. Picture: Courtney Africa

On Thursday four people including Firefighter were reported dead due to the deadliest blaze in the Mother City.

According to reports, the fire broke out earlier this week, overwhelming much of Knysna and the surrounding areas.

James-Brent Styan of the Local Government Department has confirmed the death toll has risen.

“Tragically we have to confirm the death while combatting the wildfire. Our thoughts are with the family.”

Stan says officials have been monitoring the situation since the begging of fire.

“Another firefighter has burn wounds of 50%. We are thinking about these firefighters and their families. We also think of all the firefighters on the fire line.”

A number of fire fighters have been deployed to the Plettenberg Bay area where a fire is spreading with many being evacuated from their homes.

Working on Fire says an extra 200 firefighters will be assisting in dousing the blaze on Friday morning with additional choppers also made available.

The organization’s Trevor Abrahams says the strong winds are making firefighting efforts difficult.

“The fires can jump and change direction due to the wind.”

Weather forecaster Wayne Venter says the wind will persist in these affected areas throughout the weekend.

Cold weather conditions will continue in Gauteng for the rest of the weekend.

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