Fire leaves 100 shack dwellers homeless

2011-10-29 14:33

A fire has left 100 people homeless at an informal settlement in Athlone, the City of Cape Town said today.

Twenty shacks were destroyed in the fire during the early hours of this morning, it said in a statement.

No injuries or fatalities were reported. The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

The city’s disaster risk management centre provided people with food, blankets and clothing, and the housing directorate issued building material to rebuild the shacks.

“When going to sleep, residents should switch off electrical devices and extinguish gas burners, candles, lamps and paraffin stoves in order to prevent accidental fires,” the city advised.

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