Masiphumelele fire leaves 600 displaced

2016-02-13 13:32
(Department of Fire and Emergency Services, AFP)

(Department of Fire and Emergency Services, AFP)

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Cape Town – A fire at the Masiphumelele informal settlement has destroyed 150 structures leaving 600 people displaced, the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service said on Saturday.

Spokesperson Theo Layne said humanitarian relief was provided and the city's human settlements department were providing kits to help people rebuild their homes.

The departments of electricity and water and sanitation had been on the scene since Saturday morning rehabilitating the site for rebuilding, he said.

The fire broke out on Friday. Rescue workers called for water bombs to help extinguish the blaze, fire services spokesperson, Liesl Moodie, said at the time.

Numerous wood and iron structures and reeds were burned.

No injuries were reported.

Last year, at least two people were found dead and thousands lost their homes in a devastating fire that raced through the informal settlement near Fish Hoek.

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