300 lose homes after Cape Town fire

2017-12-26 12:33
People have been made homeless as a result of a shack fire in Cape Town. (Supplied)

People have been made homeless as a result of a shack fire in Cape Town. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - Three hundred residents of the Valhalla Park informal settlement were left without shelter after their homes were destroyed in a fire, the City of Cape Town said on Tuesday.

The City's Fire and Rescue Service responded to the fire in 7de Laan at 04:07.

About 150 structures were destroyed, leaving more than 300 people displaced, spokesperson Theo Layne said.

Fifty-three firefighters, eight fire engines, five water tankers and one rescue vehicle were used to extinguish the blaze.

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JP Smith, the city's mayoral committee member for safety and security and social services, added: "The cause is undetermined, but it looks like it might have been a cooking fire that got out of control."

The fire was extinguished by 07:00 .

No injuries or fatalities were reported.

Disaster risk management officials have been issuing starter kits and other humanitarian relief to those affected.


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