St Francis rises from ashes

Catherine Richards

ST FRANCIS Bay is rising from the ashes after South Africa’s worst ever residential fire gutted large parts of the holiday town exactly one year ago today.

The town resembled a war zone after the runaway inferno raged through the luxury thatched-roof villas and mansions, destroying 76 buildings.

But the sleepy town is a hive of activity as builders work round the clock to restore the burnt down houses, flats and office premises.


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