WATCH | 900 left homeless in devastating Kempton Park shack blaze

2019-10-01 07:33
A fire destroyed around 200 shacks in Pomona near Kempton Park on Monday.

A fire destroyed around 200 shacks in Pomona near Kempton Park on Monday. (Twitter)

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Around 900 people were left homeless when a fire destroyed nearly 200 shacks in the Pomona informal settlement in Kempton Park, north east of Johannesburg CBD, on Monday night. 

According to Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson Aaron Mafunda, no deaths have been reported, despite the extent of the blaze. 

The fire broke out at around 19:00 and was extinguished shortly after midnight, Mafunda told News24. 

"We managed to extinguish the fire and there were no casualties."

Mafunda said the city's disaster management team was on the scene to assist those affected with alternative accommodation. However, locals were reluctant to leave the area, fearing that they might lose their possessions. 

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"About 95% of the community refused to leave the area despite reassurance from the EMPD and SAPS. Perhaps we can start relocating those affected today [Tuesday]," Mafunda said. 

It was unclear how or where the fire started. 

According to Mafunda, six different fire stations attended to the blaze. 

"Three tankers and six fire pumps were used to extinguish the fire. 

Ekhuruleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina was set to visit the scene of the fire on Tuesday.

"The City of Ekurhuleni allocated three community halls in the area to house displaced citizens. A joint operations committee, comprising Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services, has been setup to provide humanitarian support in the area. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire," the City said in a statement. 

On Monday night, various pictures and videos of the fire were posted on social media, News24 reported. 

Kempton Express reported that the NG Church Bonaero Park on Malpensa Street had been made available as a drop-off point for clothes, blankets, food, water and other necessities.

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