In the somber light of dawn, we view the terrible destruction caused by the runaway fire which raged through Simon’s Town over the last two days. The acrid scent of scarred vegetation greets us, but luck is on our side with welcome rain last night. Thirteen ‘structures’ were affected with three homes being totally destroyed and the homeowners lives shattered. It is doubly disastrous as arson is suspected as the cause of the fire. A heartfelt tribute goes to the City of Cape Town’s fire crew and the emergency teams who worked round the clock to extinguish the blaze and keep the residents safe.