Thursday, January 25, 2007

Shack fire leaves 400 residents homeless

By Chanel September
25 January 2007

Approximately 100 shacks have been destroyed at Masiphumele, near Fish Hoek last night, leaving 400 residents homeless.

Fire and rescue services say seven vehicles and two helicopters were dispatched to extinguish the blaze. The cause for the blaze is still unknown, but authorities say strong south-easterly winds contributed to several fires in the area.

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Johan Minnie says that the community hall has provided residents with alternative accommodation.

He says meals and blankets have been provided by the Salvation Army.

Minnie says that residents will be registered and given building material by the City’s Human Settlement Programme.

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