Shack fire leaves families homeless

2018-06-14 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedThe team tries to extinguish fire in Umbhayi.

PHOTO: suppliedThe team tries to extinguish fire in Umbhayi.

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SIX families were left homeless after a fire burnt down six shacks in the Umbhayi Informal Settlements on June 4.

The cause of the fire is not known however illegal connections are suspected.

Umhlanga Fire Station Division Commander Bruce de Gier said: “Our teams responded to the complaint and, when they arrived, they found the six houses on fire.The cause of the fire was not known. No injuries were reported,” de Gier said.

Chairperson for BSU Youth Muzammil Razak said: “These residents of Umbhayi are human and they should be given houses.

“We, at the BSU Youth Organisation and Muslim Care Foundation, managed to get clothes and [food] items for the affected residents during another disaster. We have already started working to get those affected food items and clothes. We have contacted Disaster Management to get equipment so that they can rebuild [houses].

“Our members, as soon as they heard about the incident, started contacting different places to assist those affected even though they are still in school and writing exams soon,” Razak said.

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said: “When anybody’s house has been damaged by rain or fire, the protocol to follow is make an affidavit at the police station, take a photograph of the house that got damaged, make a copy of their ID [if not burnt], get a community leader to write a letter to say they are aware of what happened and come to the office of the ward councillor.

“The disaster management [team] will only give the affected residents blankets, groceries and whatever clothes they can afford to give them,” Munien said.

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