Cape Town shack fires leave 118 displaced

2014-12-20 16:59

A total of 118 people have been left homeless after 30 shacks burned down in various parts of Cape Town, the City’s Disaster Operations Centre said.

“No injuries were reported,” the Centre’s acting head Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said today.

In the most devastating of the five fires, 80 people were displaced and 20 shacks were destroyed when a fire broke out at the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay.

In Ravensmead, two adults and a child were left homeless after their backyard dwelling was destroyed in a fire, while in Khayelitsha, another shack burnt down, leaving two people displaced.

In the early hours of this morning, two fires broke out: one in Fizantakraal and the other in Kraaifontein.

Eighteen people were left displaced in the Fizantekraal fire that destroyed six shacks.

In Kraaifontein, 15 people lost their homes after two shacks were burned down.

Solomons-Johannes said those affected were receiving food, clothing, toiletries blankets and building materials.

“The cause of these fires is undetermined at this stage,” he said, adding an investigation would take place.

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