09 June 2017 - Scenes of devastation after fires ripped through Knysna on Wednesday night. At least five people died in the blaze, and others are reported missing.
But, there are some positive spinoffs for the town.
Contractors and insurers are in high demand from those who need their services.
Rebuilding will also spark a construction boom that will create jobs.
"We have had building employment booms like that in Knysna before and we will have a boom like that [again]," said contractor Koos van Eden.