Two killed in Masi fire

2015-12-01 06:00

Two people died in a fire in Masiphumelele on the weekend. The blaze destroyed over 800 homes, leaving 3000 people displaced.

The fire started at about 01:00 on Saturday morning, igniting an extensive area of reeds and informal structures. The fire was extinguished after five hours.

Fourteen firefighting vehicles were used. 65 fire and rescue services members were assisted by Table Mountain National Parks.

Disaster risk management teams and the South African Red Cross Service are co-ordinating relief efforts, including providing food, baby essentials, mattresses and blankets, says a City of Cape Town statement.

The Masiphumelele community hall has been changed into an emergency shelter.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and is being investigated by the police.

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