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A fire tore thought some of the St James beach boxes on Saturday morning. Photo: City of Cape Town

It’s always been one of South Africa’s most famous beach scenes – the enchanting row of brightly coloured huts at St James Beach in Cape Town that attracts locals and international tourists… but on Friday night that all changed when a shocking fire swept through the beach boxes, destroying three and damaging a further two.

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The devastating sight of St James beach boxes on Saturday morning. Photo: City of Cape Town

According to the City of Cape Town, their law enforcement officers noticed the flames at around 01h00 early Saturday morning.

Western Cape residents who’ve grown up with fond memories of the beach where they learnt to swim, played in the rock pools and took endless photos of the photogenic wooden huts were devastated today, with many calling it ‘tragic’.

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St James beach and the wooden huts are one of the Western Cape’s most popular beaches. Photo: Howard Sackstein, 2015.

The fire department extinguished last night’s fire. At this stage, the cause is unknown.


Just a couple of weeks ago, regular SAPeople contributor Nigel Riley took this beautiful shot at sunrise of St James’ tidal pool.

St James Beach