Blaze destroys 330 shacks

2015-03-06 00:00

MORE than 330 informal homes near Greenwood Park were destroyed by a fire yesterday.

While the eThekwini Metro indicated they are making “arrangements” for the several hundred destitute families, authorities still cannot say what was the exact cause of the fire which flattened all but a few dwellings in the informal settlement.

Having begun early yesterday morning, is believed to have gained in ferocity when several gas cylinders used for cooking and lighting exploded.

Firefighters from eThekwini Metro fought the blaze while it was being fanned by a strong wind.

The thick black smoke was visible from various points of northern Durban.

Provincial emergency medical services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said no one was injured.

“One of our advanced life support paramedics was dispatched to attend to a sick baby at the settlement, and when they arrived on scene, they noticed the fire and raised the alarm,” said McKenzie.

He said the medics heard the cannisters exploding.

“No one was hurt from the fire but one woman was treated after she collapsed having seen her home burnt down. Anything could have started this fire, be it paraffin lamps or a candle.”

The majority of the dwellings were made out of wood, plastic or corrugated iron.

City spokesman Thabo Mofokeng said the city is busy setting up temporary accommodation for the victims of the fire.

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