Cape Town fires claim 1

2013-04-03 10:00
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Fire destroys 600 shacks

Two people died and 600 shacks were destroyed in the Cape Winelands after a fire ripped through an informal settlement. Watch.

Cape Town - A man died and others were left homeless in two Cape Town fires, a city official said on Wednesday.

A fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning killed Nkosibonile Tshangale in Philippi, disaster risk centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

He said Tshangale, in his early 30s, was apparently sleeping when the fire broke out at the School Yard informal settlement.

Neighbours tried to extinguish the flames of his shack but were unsuccessful. The police were investigating.

A second fire the same morning destroyed two shacks and damaged a house in Wallacedene.

"It is suspected that the fire was caused as a result of a lighted candle that overturned and ignited bedding in the shack," Solomons-Johannes said.

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