n Emergency Services SA - Special report : Cape of fires : fire-fighting

Volume 27, Issue 2
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Extracted from text ... 10 - ESSA MARCH / APRIL 2006 Fire-fighting This year must certainly be the most devastating fire season in the history of the Cape Town fire service. When the alarm bells sounded after lunch, fire-fighters running down the stairs could not help but glance at the mountain, which is virtually in the Roeland Street Fire Station's back yard. Their world was filled with thick, suffocating smoke. Everybody immediately knew that this was the mother of all the Cape fires. In fact, some fire-fighters described the flames rolling down the mountain as akin to molten lava, rolling and devouring everything ..

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