WATCH: Scores of people homeless after blaze

2017-02-24 11:06
A number of people have been left homeless after a fire gutted their shacks

A number of people have been left homeless after a fire gutted their shacks (Aqeeb Brown/Facebook)

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Several people have been left homeless after a fire engulfed a number of shacks in the 6th Avenue informal settlement in Kensington in the early hours of this morning (24 February).

Ward councillor Helen Jacobs confirmed the fire and she says they are busy assessing the situation.

“The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage, but the fire damaged a lot of shacks. I can’t say at the moment exactly how many, but many burnt down. We are busy on the scene trying to remove the debris so that people can start rebuilding. If it is not done today, they will have to utilise the halls,” she says 

The Kensington Community Policing Forum expressed it's sadness following the fire.

“The fire affected a high percentage of shacks and people. We have been informed that mop up operations are taking place. The City of Cape Town Disaster Management Unit will assess the situation and indicate what assistance will be given. Lastly, we call upon the broader community who wish to assist the victims to work via the ward councillor, Helen Jacobs' office to ensure that what is offered reaches the victims. The Kensington CPF will also assist,” says Kensington Community Policing Forum secretary, Cheslyn Steenberg.

For more information, contact Steenberg on 083 543 1344.

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