Eleven homeless in Cape Town fires

By Drum Digital
18 September 2013

Two fires in Cape Town caused damage of R925,000 and left 11 people homeless, the city's disaster risk management centre said on Tuesday.

A fire occurred in Hanover Park on Monday afternoon which left four people homeless, said spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

"It is suspected that the fire was caused by an electrical fault. The damages estimate to the value of R225,000."

On Monday evening another fire broke out, in Philippi.

Seven people were left displaced.

An electrical fault was also suspected, Solomons said.

The damages were estimated around R700,000.

The fire victims were given food parcels, blankets, baby packs, clothing and building material.

Solomons-Johannes urged people to be more cautious when working with open flames, electrical appliances, gas burners and paraffin stoves.


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