A female firefighter lost her life battling a large vegetation fire on Table Mountain on Sunday. The 33-year-old is said to have died from a heart attack but nothing is conclusive at this stage.
Mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services JP Smith confirmed that she had died on the mountain this afternoon. She was rushed to Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital but could not be saved.
Firefighters have been trying to bring the blaze on Table Mountain under control since midday on Sunday.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ashley, a brave firefighter from the @cptfrs, who lost her life while battling a blaze along Table Mountain.#RIP #BraveFirefighter #Hero #FireFighter https://t.co/lbpqLHaEPi
— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) January 28, 2018
It is with great sadness that I send my condolences to the family & friends of 1 of the City’s young female firefighters. The 33 year old served the City for 9 years and died after fighting a fire on Table Mountain this afternoon. Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
— Patricia de Lille (@PatriciaDeLille) January 28, 2018