Homes in flames

2017-02-28 06:01
Children watch the clearing process on top of toilets melted by the blaze in the 6th Avenue Informal Settlement.PHOTOS: nicole mccain

Children watch the clearing process on top of toilets melted by the blaze in the 6th Avenue Informal Settlement.PHOTOS: nicole mccain

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Residents of 6th Avenue Informal Settlement are rebuilding their homes after a blaze ripped through the Kensington area.

Around 120 people have been left homeless after a fire engulfed 30 shacks in the early hours of Friday (“Scores of people homeless after blaze”,, Friday 24 February).

Charlotte Powell, spokesperson of City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management, says the cause of the fire is being investigated.

“No injuries or deaths were reported. Humanitarian relief was provided, including hot meals, blankets, baby packs and vanity packs. In addition, fire kits were provided so residents could rebuild their structures.”

Residents say the fire started around 03:30.

Allison Walker was one of the residents to lost her home.

“I woke up and everything was on fire. We lost everything,” she says. “It was horrible.”

Members of the Kensington Community Policing Forum (CPF) have expressed their sadness following the fire.

“We call upon the broader community who wish to assist the victims to work via the ward councillor, Helen Jacobs’, office to ensure that what is offered reaches the victims. The CPF will also assist,” says CPF secretary Cheslyn Steenberg.

For more information call Cheslyn Steenberg on 083 543 1344.

Fire kits were provided by the City of Cape Town to help residents rebuild their structures.

Allison Walker, with her children Dean (5) and Jadene (2), lost everything in the fire.

Around 30 homes were destroyed in the fire. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

The fire left 120 people homeless. PHOTO: City of Cape Town


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