Kouga municipality spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall, who was on her way to the joint operations centre in the town, said the fire that started in Lyme Road North broke out at about 2.30pm on Thursday.
“A helicopter is on the way,” Randall said.
“At last count, eight houses were burning and Kouga firefighters are on the scene.
“Fire fighters from Nelson Mandela Bay and Sarah Baartman have also been called in to help.”
Randall added that quite a few houses in the area had thatched roofs.
She said the joint operations centre had been set up in a municipal building in the town and she would have more information once she had been briefed.
In December, 11 houses were gutted by fire in the town.
Sorry to report another St Francis fire. Started on the open land to the north of Lyme Rd North, fanned by a fairly strong westerly, it burnt towards St Francis Drive, and onto the Lyme Rd North Ridge, where the thatched house in the video has burnt down, and the house on the golf course v badly damaged. Now (4.45pm) getting reports of more houses further down the road burnt
Angela Daniel – HeraldLIVE