One dead, hundreds homeless after fire

2011-04-22 13:13

A man died and 83 families were left homeless, after a fire raged through the Skiet Informal Settlement in Butterworth, Eastern Cape police said today.

Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said the settlement was located on the Old Hospital road, and the fire occurred just before midnight.

Lunga Masiko (27) died in his shack, he said.

Masiko lit a candle and his gas stove when he arrived home.

“It is presumed that he left the candle and stove on and fell asleep and at about 2am the fire started, and spread to the other shacks,” said Manatha.

An inquest docket into the incident was opened and no one else was injured.

“It is up to the municipal bosses to now help the homeless,” he said.

The municipality was not immediately available for comment.

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