Cape Town fire leaves 1400 people homeless

By Drum Digital
23 December 2013

A fire in Valhalla Park, Cape Town, left 1400 people homeless on Monday morning, the city's disaster risk management centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the centre responded to the fire at the 8th Avenue informal settlement, off Eleanor Road, around 11.30am.

"The city dispatched emergency and disaster crews that are on-scene and battling the blaze," he said.

Of the 585 dwellings in the area, around 350 units were destroyed.

Six people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Solomons-Johannes said the local community hall had been opened to serve as emergency shelter.

The cause of the fire was unknown. – Sapa

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