A firefighter has died after he sustained burns to 70% of his body while combating raging fires along the Garden Route.
The death brings to 10 the total number of fatalities after a severe storm lashed the Western Cape and runaway fires forced the evacuation of thousands of residents from Knysna.
Firstcare Wildfire Support named the firefighter as Bradley Richards.
“It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Plettenberg Bay volunteer firefighter early this morning. He passed away in hospital after being admitted with severe burns sustained in the devastating Knysna / Plettenberg Bay fire,” it was written on Firstcare Wildfire Support’s Facbook page.
Richards was taken to hospital on Thursday after sustaining 70% burn wounds. He subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
A member of the public was also taken to hospital on Thursday with 50% burn wounds.
On Friday the fires threatened nearby Plettenberg Bay.
Local government spokesman James-Brent Styan told TimesLIVE on Friday: “Sadly‚ we have had 10 deaths so far. Five in the (Cape) metropole and five in the Eden District.”