Monday, August 28, 2006

Two toddlers burn to death in a shack fire

By Odette Ismail


Fires destroyed parts of Cape Town over the weekend leaving 36 informal houses in Zone 23, Langa in ruins in one fire and the cause of the deaths of two toddlers in another. The toddlers aged one and three burnt to death in the blaze.

According to the Cape Times, Disaster Management spokesperson, Greg Pillay, reported that the fire started at 3am leaving roughly 150 people without homes.

Residents of the Langa Informal settlement insist that a drunken man allegedly knocked over a parrafin stove, which caused the fire. The man is believed to have run away.

An NGO, Historically Disadvantaged Individuals was to provide food and blankets for those left without homes. The city’s human settlements division was also notified and will extend help with building materials.

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