A deadly year for residents of Cape Town's informal settlements, as 172 die in fires

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City of Cape Town firefighters douse a blaze.
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This year has already proven to be deadly for Cape Town residents with regard to informal settlement fires.

Since January, 172 people have died in informal settlement fires. It is the highest number on record since comprehensive records were started in 2005, said the City of Cape Town's chief fire officer, Ian Schnetler.

The death toll has surpassed the 169 recorded during 2017, with the year not yet at a close.

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