Report has it that, a fire believed to have started in the kitchen at the Tsitsikamma Cattle Baron restaurant at Storms River Mouth left the building and the adjoining shop completely gutted by Saturday morning.

The fire, which broke out late on Friday afternoon, spread quickly and was soon out of control, sending flames and smoke high into the evening air at the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park.

SA National Parks spokesperson, Nandi Mgwadlamba, said park staff had immediately responded to assist in bringing the fire under control and a helicopter had also been dispatched to prevent the fire spreading into the adjoining forest.

 Mgwadlamba said the rest of the park’s facilities had not been affected by the fire and people could still access the popular trail to the suspension bridge over the river mouth, which starts behind the restaurant.

“We are on site and are busy with mop-up operations. An investigation will be conducted to establish the exact cause of the fire as well as to determine the extent of the damage, but the restaurant and shop have both burnt down,” she said.