Hundreds displaced by Cape fires

2011-11-12 09:51

Hundreds of residents were displaced by fires in the early hours of this morning, the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre said.

“The fires were swiftly contained upon arrival and the impact was significantly reduced thanks to the quick response of the City’s Fire and Rescue Services,” spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement.

Just before 1am, two shacks burnt down in Nyanga. No one was injured but two people were displaced.

At 1am, 22 people were displaced by a fire in Westbank which destroyed three formal houses and seven backyard dwellings.

Eighty shacks were destroyed by a fire in Joe Slovo Informal Settlement just before 3am, displacing 320 residents. No injuries were reported.

A fire broke out just before 5am at a women’s residence of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Mowbray.

The students were evacuated, but five women and two men had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Police were investigating one of the student’s claims that she accidentally set her room on fire after taking some medication.

Solomons-Johannes said humanitarian relief was provided to those affected by the blaze.

“Please keep a watchful eye on open flame fires, gas burners, candles, lamps and paraffin stoves to stop fires from burning out of control,” he said.

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