Johannesburg fire leaves hundreds destitute in sub-zero temperatures
By Khanyisa Tabata
30 July 2011
Hundreds of people have been left homeless on a bitterly cold night after a fire tore through approximately 300 shacks at the Slovo Park informal settlement in Johannesburg.
One man was seriously injured but Netcare 911’s Jeff Wicks says it is still unclear whether anyone was killed. Johannesburg disaster relief moved the destitute people into a nearby school and church.
Wicks says the shelters were so densely packed that residents were able to run across the roofs to escape the flames.