One dead, more than 1 000 displaced by shack fires

2014-05-25 15:41

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Johannesburg - One person has died and over 1000 people have been displaced following a number of shack fires across Cape Town at the weekend, the city's disaster operations centre said on Sunday.

The centre's acting head Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said that the fire occurred in the early hours of Saturday in Nomzamo in the Strand.

"The fire... claimed the life of a foreign national man, aged 29 years."

Solomons-Johannes said that in the same incident, 22 people, including nine children, were displaced after their homes were destroyed by the fire.

Meanwhile, 1300 people from the Masiphumelele informal settlement in Fish Hoek spent the weekend dealing with the loss of their shacks after a fire broke out on Friday afternoon, destroying over 250 dwellings.

"The City is currently undertaking a post-fire reblocking process," said Solomons-Johannes.

He said the process involved the rearrangement of shacks into carefully determined clusters.

Other fires causing displacement and the destruction of homes were reported in Khayelitsha, Goodwood and at the Pholile Park informal settlement in Llwandle in the Strand.

Solomons-Johannes said the displaced were given food, clothing, toiletries and blankets.

"The local authorities will probe and [conduct an] investigation into the occurrence of the fires."

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