A fire which started at Du Toit’s Kloof Mountain (Paarl) around 11pm on Monday night has left a trail of destruction in its path. Multiple structures were burned to the ground and many residents had to evacuate.
Approximately 60% of the fire has been contained with more than 160 firefighters on the scene.
Justin Sullivan, a documentary photography arrived shortly after 1am to find the historic buildings of Augusta Kleine Bosch burning. Fire crews on scene were able to secure neighbouring buildings but unfortunately could not save everything.
“Our thoughts are with everyone that have been affected by this devastation.”
“A special congratulations & thank you to the Drakenstein Volunteer Group for their role as first responders and furthermore for maintaining a strong presence throughout the night.”
Sullivan spent a few hours with various members as they assisted with evacuations and property protection.
The talented photographer has been exploring photography in the greater Cape Town region for the past 2 years, broadening his expertise in Documentary Photography – specialising in Cape Wild Fires.
After completing his secondary schooling at the all-boys-boarding school Michaelhouse, Justin studied Development & Environmental Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. Justin completed majors in Geography & Environmental Studies, Public & Development Management, and a half-major in Sociology.
Sullivan now focusses his work on highlighting contemporary issues within South Africa, using photography to display insights into an unknown world. His documentary work from numerous Wild Fires around Cape Town has been highly recognised both locally and internationally, with various publications for print and online media.
Here are his collection honouring our South African heroes fighting the devastating blaze last night:
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Sources: Sullivan Photography