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320 displaced after Cape Town fires

2012-12-18 10:28

Cape Town - About 320 people were displaced after 80 shacks were destroyed in two different fires in Cape Town, the city's fire and rescue services said.

Spokesperson Theo Lane said the first started in Section 6, California informal settlement at 19:00 on Monday night.

"About 60 shacks burnt down and 200 people were displaced. No injuries were reported," he said.

"The fire was caused by a cooking stove left unattended. It overheated and ignited personal effects and then spread to other shacks."

Lane said the second fire started at 00:15 on Tuesday morning in 8th Avenue informal settlement.

About 20 shacks were burnt down and 120 people were left displaced.

"No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage," said Lane.

Both fires were extinguished, he added.

Comments
  • issa.kabudula - 2012-12-18 12:01

    Care must be taken - stoves, lighters, matches must be safely kept - not only away from kids but also old men and women especially when they are tired and drunk.

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