Two major fires in Table View, Milnerton

The fire along Diep River took 70 firefighters and three days to extinguish.

Firefighters spent three days last week battling a Table View blaze that spewed smoke across the suburb – and while they were busy with it, a fire broke out at the Milnerton Golf Club.

The first fire started on Wednesday afternoon next to the Diep River, under the bridge on Blaauwberg Road between the Killarney taxi rank and Gie Road. Smoke engulfed properties on Rivers Edge Road and nearby streets.

“I went outside that day to check if it wasn’t a house nearby that was on fire and to check if we were in danger. Later, we had to close all our windows and doors because the ash from the fire was flying into our house,” said Buncwane Ncoyini, who lives in Seafarer Close, about 3km from the fire.

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at about 2.30pm, and it took 70 firefighters until just after 8.30am on Saturday to fully extinguish it, according to the City’s Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Jermaine Carelse.

“This was a prolonged incident due to the reeds that were burning and the strong wind that posed a challenge. In addition, gaining access to the fire was challenging because of the location. No injuries or damage to property was reported. The cause is unknown,” he said.

Firefighters battled for over two hours to extinguish a fire at the Milnerton Golf Club last week.

On Thursday February 17, at around 7.35pm, 21 firefighters fought a fire at the Milnerton Golf Club, extinguishing it at 10pm.

“No injuries were reported and the cause is still unknown but is being investigated,” said Mr Carelse.

The golf club issued a statement saying its entire fleet of golf carts was destroyed.

“We had a fire within the cart housing at the club house. We have unfortunately lost our entire fleet of club carts as well as a small portion of members’ carts due to the incident. Thankfully no one was injured in the incident. The club house was not affected by the fire, and trading will continue as per normal,” the club said.