Shell-shocked St Francis Bay residents count the cost

Lee-Anne Butler and Mkhululi Ndamase

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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