Volunteer Dies Fighting Kommetjie Blaze

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Our prayers to the family of Andrew Janntjies, of Fish Hoek Disaster Management Volunteer Corps, who died at the Kommetjie blaze which ripped through Slangkop in Kommetjie. The fire broke out just before 19:00 on Wednesday along Slangkop Road.

At 19:10 clouds of smoke could be seen from Kommetjie Road. Several fire trucks lined the road and firefighters started putting out the blaze.

Children from Ocean View could be seen climbing on rocks to get a glimpse of the fire. Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne explains they received a call at 18:46.

By 20:10 several residents reported the fire had moved to Kommetjie. A community meeting was underway and several residents left fearing their homes may be at risk.

By 21:00 the fire could be seen from Lighthouse Road.

Layne says at about 22:30 a Disaster Risk Management volunteer suffered a “suspected heart attack” while putting out the blaze. He was rushed to False Bay Hospital where he died.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze by 01:00 on Thursday morning.

No property was damaged.

Layne says eight fire engines and four water tankers were used for the fire.

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