Masiphumelele residents rebuild after fire

2011-05-03 07:27

Residents of the Masiphumelele informal settlement near Fish Hoek started to rebuild their homes yesterday evening after fires earlier in the day displaced around 5 000 people.

“Despite the request by the city to clear and level the site before construction commences, the community proceeded with the erection of structures,” Cape Town disaster risk management centre spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement.

“This has hampered the recovery operations and the layout for emergency vehicular access routes within the informal settlement following the fire incident.”

The city’s building inspector has condemned the houses as not fit for occupation, he said.

The fire destroyed about 1 500 shacks and a number of formal houses overnight. Thirty fire engines responded to control the blaze, which started just after midnight.

One man was reported to have died in the fire.

The city was supplying food parcels, blankets, baby packs and building material to those affected.

Solomons-Johannes said community halls had been opened for those left homeless.

Donations can be delivered to the local community hall, as well as to the Fish Hoek and Ocean View police stations, he said.

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