2 dead in Cape Town fires

2012-12-23 15:47

Johannesburg - Two people died when their houses caught fire in Khayelitsha in separate incidents on Sunday morning, Cape Town's disaster risk management centre said.

In one of the incidents, the fire was caused after a candle fell.

The cause of the second blaze is unknown, said the centre's spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Owen.

A man, aged 19 and a woman, aged 24, died during the two blazes.

Solomons-Johannes said besides the two fires in which the man and woman were killed, two other blazes on Sunday morning gutted another two houses in the same area.

Sixteen people were left homeless as a result.

On Saturday, 14 people were left homeless after two houses in Mitchell's Plain caught fire.

Another five people were left destitute after their homes were destroyed by fire in Mfuleni.