250 homeless after Cape Town fires

2012-11-24 10:19
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Cape Town - Two hundred and fifty people were left homeless in Cape Town after two fires wrought havoc in the early hours of the morning, the city’s disaster management centre said on Saturday.

 In the first incident, a fire gutted 60 informal structures at the Overcome Heights informal settlement in Seawinds, spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement.

“The fire caused devastation and 240 people are left homeless.  The fire also damaged the overhead electricity infrastructure that caused an interruption in the power supply.”

Solomons-Johannes said technicians were working to restore service in the area.
In the second incident, a fire destroyed six shacks at the Doornbach informal settlement near Milnerton.  Ten people were displaced by the blaze.
There were no injuries in either of the incidents. No persons sustained any injuries in both fire incidents.

“At this stage it is unclear what caused these fires - however the authorities will [begin] an investigation,” Solomons-Johannes said.
The city provided victims with food, clothing, blankets and building materials.

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