Raging fire destroys Western Cape shacks

2011-05-02 08:03

A fire has destroyed a number of shacks at the Masiphumelele informal settlement near Kommetjie, the Cape Town disaster risk management centre said today.

Firefighters were trying to bring the blaze under control, which started in the early hours of this morning, spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

“At this stage it is still unconfirmed how many shacks were gutted and how many people are left homeless as a result of the raging blaze.”

No serious injuries or fatalities had yet been reported.

Cape Town’s fire and rescue service spokesman Theo Layne told the SABC two firefighters were slightly injured.

The city would supply food parcels, blankets, baby packs and building material to those affected.

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