Man dies, 65 displaced in Cape Town fires

2012-04-07 13:05
Cape Town - One man died and 65 people were left homeless when fires tore through sections of two informal settlements outside Cape Town, the city's disaster risk management department said on Saturday.

A fire in Khayelitsha destroyed six shacks around 23:30 on Friday, leaving one man dead and 20 people displaced, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

The man who died in the blaze had not been identified yet.

The second fire in the Sweet Homes informal settlement destroyed 15 shacks leaving 45 people displaced. "The cause is undetermined," Solomons-Johannes said. The police are investigating.

The City's disaster response teams will provide humanitarian and social relief aid, he said.

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