Residents count their loss after fire

2017-12-14 06:01
Residents of Taiwan in Site C, Khayelisha, count their losses after a devastating fire on Sunday night.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Residents of Taiwan in Site C, Khayelisha, count their losses after a devastating fire on Sunday night.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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About twenty families were left homeless after their shacks were destroyed by fire on Sunday night, in Taiwan, Site C, Khayelitsha.

Nosipho Tyalisi, a victim, said the fire started at an abandoned shack at the back of her own, at about 11pm.

“I lost everything I had. The clothes of my two children aged 2 and 6 also burnt down. We do not even have food to eat. Fire fighters arrived just as the one shack had caught fire, but could not extinguish it. They said they did not have water. The fire then spread to other shacks,” Tyalisi said.

Tyalisi added that they suspected the shack where the fire started was set alight on purpose as it was unoccupied for a long time.

“The owner of the shack moved from the shack long ago after he was shot at. One thing that makes sense to us is that it was set alight on purpose. We are united in this section, we have things that other people do not have, our shacks are clean and we are united. So other people are jealous of us and they label us as “Long Street.”

Zukiswa Mtoto, also a victim, said she and her family had arrived back from a funeral in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape, to find their shack burnt to the ground on Monday morning.

“I am left with this T-shirt bearing the face of my late brother-in-law which I was wearing when I got here. I do not even have clothes to wear for when I go to work. My wish is to get material to rebuild my shack,” Mtoto said.

It was the first time the shacks caught fire.

The City of Cape Town issued a statement saying that 26 fire-fighters and one rescue vehicle responded to the fire. It said the fire was extinguished at 01:39am.

“Approximately 20 structures were destroyed leaving more than 50 persons displaced. No injuries were reported.”

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