Fire ravages Simonstown

[caption id="attachment_111449" align="alignright" width="300"] CHOKED UP: A resident moves through thick smoke past a home destroyed in a runaway veld fire in Simonstown yesterday. Many residents had to be evacuated as thick smoke filled the area. Picture: EPA[/caption]

Firefighters battle to control blaze as residents flee homes

IN scenes reminiscent of the destructive fires that swept across the Cape Peninsula in March, dozens of residents fled their homes yesterday with only their pets, passports and the clothes on their backs as flames licked at their properties in Simonstown.