A 36-year-old man was left critically injured on Sunday following the fire on Signal Hill.
According to ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring, their paramedics arrived on the scene to find the fire services battling the raging blaze. “The paramedics were informed that firefighters were bringing a critically injured patient to them. ER24 and fire service paramedics set up a staging area while waiting for the patient,” he said.
On arrival, paramedics found that the man had sustained numerous burn wounds and was in a critical condition. The man was treated for his injuries and provided with advanced life support interventions.
Once treated, the man was transported to New Somerset Hospital for further care.
The fire broke out on Sunday afternoon and the City’s fire and rescue service responded to the fire at the base of Signal Hill. The fire quickly spread to residential areas, Fresnaye and Sea Point. Firefighters from the different organisations and the City battled the blaze in gusting south-easterly winds of about 45km/* throughout the night into the early morning on Monday.
According to Working on Fire, approximately 160 hectares of vegetation has burnt.
On Monday morning, there was a flare-up along Signal Hill Road on Lion’s Head. Two choppers and a spotter plane were dispatched by South African National Parks (SANParks).
The cause of the fire remains unknown and an investigation is under way.