Five boys die, 30 people displaced as fire rips through informal settlement in Cape Town

2018-06-02 07:16
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Five boys have died after a fire ripped through the Mosia informal Settlement in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said the fire had broken out had broken out at the informal settlement, situated behind the Philippi police college at around 00:50.

Van Wyk said that five boys, aged 14, 13, 12 and one-year-old twins, had died in the blaze.

"The mother sustained burn wounds and was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, along with her first born, who also sustained injuries and smoke inhalation," he said.

Van Wyk said an inquest docket had been opened and was being investigated.

City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson, Theo Layne, said two fire engines, a water tanker and a rescue vehicle responded to the informal settlement, situated on the New Eisleben Road.

Layne said during the fire, ten structures had been destroyed and 30 people had been displaced.

Layne said the cause of the fire had not been determined.


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