Cape Town fires leave many homeless

2013-07-17 16:46

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Cape Town - Sixteen people have been displaced because of fires across Cape Town, a city official said on Wednesday.

Seven people escaped injury when two shacks caught alight in the Wallacedene informal settlement in Kraaifontein East around 04:20 on Wednesday, said disaster risk management centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

On Tuesday, a fire broke out at the N2 Gateway Development in Delft just after midnight, causing structural damage to a property.

Three people were displaced.

"It is suspected that the fire was caused due to a short circuit in electrical wiring and overheating, igniting insulation," Solomons-Johannes said.

At 07:50 on Tuesday, a fire was reported at WB section in Khayelitsha.

A shack was destroyed when a cooking pot was apparently left unattended on the stove.

Six people were left homeless.

"The city’s disaster response teams assisted the fire victims with the supply of food parcels, blankets, baby packs, clothing, and building material."


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