3 killed in Cape Town fire

2011-12-24 18:01

Cape Town - Three people, including a 2-year-old baby girl, were killed when their homes were gutted by fires in Cape Town, an official said on Saturday.

One man was killed on Saturday and 16 other people were left displaced after eight shacks were gutted by fires which began at Sweethomes informal settlement just after midnight, disaster management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

Another man was killed in a separate incident when his shack caught fire in Belnedere, near Macassar at around 11.30 on Saturday, he said.

Solomons-Johannes said four shack were engulfed by flames at Siyahlala informal settlement in De Noon on Saturday morning. The fire left four people without homes.

The identity of the two men who died in the fires on Saturday are not yet known.

Meanwhile, on Friday, 2-year-old Cassidy Spencer died when a fire broke out in her home while she was sleeping. The fire destroyed eight backyard dwellings and three houses. Nineteen people were displaced.

Solomons-Johannes said the displaced were given food parcels, clothing, blankets and building material.

The cause of the fires was being investigated, he said.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-24 19:23

    Please explain where the word "negligence" comes into play here....and then where stupidity takes over - especially where children die, and "adults" are the apparent perpetrators

      Jeffrey - 2011-12-24 19:47

      Yes, sheer stupidity also enters into it.

  • Jeffrey - 2011-12-24 19:46

    Cape Town Disaster Management team have just a few days ago been going around these informal settlements handing out easy to understand literature on avoiding these fires, and dishing out small fire extinguishers to residents, and still no-one seems to use a bit of common sense. It's very discouraging as so many of these fires are caused by sheer negligence or over-indulging in alcohol and faling asleep.

  • Vuyolwethu Sanele Gqwaru - 2011-12-25 11:10

    Well Jeff we are sure that in your multi million rand mansion you never make mistakes or have ACCIDENTS, so that's why you saying such small minded things. God loves you, with no brain and all

      Vuyolwethu Sanele Gqwaru - 2011-12-25 15:45

      Were you there when they were partying? So don't assume and judge, when you don't know the full story

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