Two die in Cape Town fires

2012-05-20 15:33

Johannesburg - Two men died and 41 people were left homeless in fires around Cape Town at the weekend, the city said on Sunday.

The men died in separate fires that broke out on Friday evening, one in Zonnebloem and the other in NY6, Gugulethu, disaster risk centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

On Saturday night, 21 people were displaced after eight shacks and one house were destroyed in a fire in Nyanga.

On the same night, nine people were displaced in Delft, five in Khayelitsha and three in Fisantekraal.

On Sunday morning, three people were left homeless after their backyard dwelling in Bonteheuwel burnt down.

"The city’s disaster response teams assisted the victims of fire with food parcels, clothing, blankets and building material this morning," Solomons-Johannes said.

"The circumstances regarding the occurrence of these fires are unknown."

  • ulvenkai - 2012-05-20 19:49

    Circumstances unknown? I can hazard a guess: it has been cold lately. Gas heaters and dangerous (and unsupervised) fires are almost certainly to blame. Again.

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