Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Another fire in Cape Town informal settlement

Community leaders in Khayelitsha will meet to plot the way forward following a fire that ripped through an informal settlement in the area yesterday afternoon. Firefighters estimate that between 200 and 250 shacks were destroyed in the Site B settlement, although John Brown of Cape Town Disaster Management says this is a conservative estimate at this stage. Brown says that the cause of the fire has not yet been established. No fatalities have been reported, although a fire fighter sustained light injuries while extinguishing the blaze. Brown says officials have ordered meals and blankets for residents of the settlement

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