TABLEVIEW, CAPET TOWN – Fire and rescue services personnel rushed to the Rietvlei Nature reserve recently to douse a car engulfed in flames.
On the Tableview Neighborhood Watch Facebook page last week, a resident stated that a female driver had attempted to make U-turn near the long grass areas inside the Vlei area near the Aquatic Club when her vehicle apparently got stuck.
“The grass was ignited and the vehicle was soon engulfed in flames.
Fortunately, she was not injured, but her vehicle was completely gutted,” the resident wrote last week. Leizel Moodie, spokeperson for the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue services confirmed the incident and told Tyger-Burger that they had responded to a motor vehicle on fire just after 18:30 on Tuesday 8 March on Maine Drive, Tableview.
“On arrival it was reported that a motor vehicle and vegetation were burning near the Rietvlei Nature Reserve.
“The enter vehicle and its contents were damaged by the fire,” Moodie said.
Their response team consisted of one fire engine and one skid unit. Resources were dispatched from the Milnerton fire station.
“No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this stage” said Moodie.
Another resident wrote on the social media page that the driver had been way past gate in the reserve, which no civilian cars are supposed to pass.
“Lots of question to be answered,” he wrote.
Another concerned resident remarked: “Oh how awful for the person… Pleased that she was not injured. Pleased that the fire was contained, as it is extremely dry there and the entire vehicle could have gone up in flames.