AS mopping-up operations in the fire-ravaged holiday town of St Francis Bay started yesterday, the full extent of the tragedy was just sinking in for many.
The town resembled a war zone, with wisps of smoke rising from the shells of destroyed buildings.
The cost of the disaster is believed to be about R500-million.
Firefighters kept a close watch yesterday for any signs of a flare-up.
In total, 75 buildings – including houses, flats and office premises – were damaged after a fire broke out at the Royal Wharf Marine Resort at about 5pm on Sunday and spread rapidly.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
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