Help blaze victims

2015-11-17 06:00
More than 200 residents lost their homes in a fire in Imizamo Yetho informal settlement in Hout Bay.  PHOTO: Fredrich Miebe

More than 200 residents lost their homes in a fire in Imizamo Yetho informal settlement in Hout Bay. PHOTO: Fredrich Miebe

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Over 200 residents lost their homes in a fire in Imizamo Yetho informal settlement in Hout Bay on Thursday.

The fire broke out at about 12:30 and destroyed about 60 structures.

Theo Layne, spokesperson of the City’s fire and rescue services, says the cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is under investigation.

“No fatalities were reported and about three people sustained injuries as they were helping the fire and rescue services doze the fire,” he says.

Roscoe Jacobs, secretary of the Hout Bay Civic Association, is calling on the public to help the fire victims.

He says they are asking those who can to give donations of food, water, clothing and furniture. The donations can be dropped off at the Hout Bay fire station.

“We call on people not to drop off donations at any other place until such time as they have been informed otherwise by the fire station of Hout Bay,” he says.

He says the Association is grateful to the firefighters and police officers for their service so far.

Hout Bay Community Police Forum chairperson JJ de Villiers says the City’s disaster risk management has taken over the distribution of donations.

They are asking the public to donate non-perishable food items which can be distributed to the families affected by the blaze.

No deaths“We are grateful that no fatalities were reported, but reports of three people with minor injuries were received, but they are doing well,” he says.

De Villiers adds that local schoolchildren were fortunately still at school when the fire broke out.

Therefore they have their school uniforms and books, but will still need toiletries, bedding and clothing.V Anyone who would like to donate to the victims of the fire can drop off items at the Hout Bay fire station or contact De Villiers on 076 094 8883.

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