Sunday, March 31, 2024

About 300 structures affected in four Cape fires overnight

Firefighters had their hands full with four informal residential fires, reported, on Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday.

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A fire broke out at the Joe Slovo informal Settlement in Langa. The City of Cape Town says approximately 90 structures were affected. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

‘’At 19:20, a call was received of structures alight in Mshumpela Way in Langa. We had 11 firefighting vehicles scene, with approximately 40 staff. By 21:40, the fire was extinguished – no injuries or fatalities were reported. Initial estimates were that approximately 40 structures were affected,’’ said Jermaine Carelse, City of Cape Town’s Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson.

‘’At around 01:35, the Fire & Rescue Service was activated to return to Mshumpela Way in Langa, where a second fire had broken out. A total of 10 firefighting vehicles were on scene from various Fire Stations and firefighters managed to contain and extinguish the fire by 04:25. It is estimated that approximately 50 informal structures were affected. One person was assaulted by the members of the public and was taken to a nearby medical facility. It is unclear at this stage how these fires started,’’ he added.

Another fire broke out just after 11p.m in Site 5, in Dunoon. Approximately 80 structures were affected.

Carelse says no injuries or fatalities were reported.

‘’At 23:20, fire services were alerted to informal structures burning in Site 5, Dunoon. We had 12 firefighting resources and over 50 staff members on site - an Incident Management Team (IMT) type 4 was also activated to assist with scene management. By 04:30 the blaze was extinguished – approximately 80 structures were affected.’’

Unfortunately, a fire that broke out in the early hours of Sunday in Mfuleni claimed two lives.

‘’At 02:30, the Fire & Rescue Service was alerted of informal structures alight in Umzumbe Street, Mfuleni. More than 50 firefighters were on scene, with over a dozen firefighting vehicles. By 08:50, firefighters extinguished the blaze, with an estimate of 150 structures destroyed in the incident,’’ said Jermaine Carelse, City of Cape Town’s Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson.

‘’An adult male and female sustained fatal burn wounds and were declared deceased by medics. One person sustained serious injuries and was treated and transported to hospital, while another person (adult male) was treated for a laceration to his arm,’’ he added.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but the South African Police Service are probing the matter.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management’s Centre says it will conduct assessments at the fire sites, to determine the number of structures destroyed and persons affected.

‘’Our DRM volunteers too have been activated to assist, while our mobile Joint Operations Centre (JOC) has been dispatched to Dunoon. The DRMC will conduct assessments at the fire sites, to determine the number of structures destroyed and persons affected. This process will take some time before final numbers are determined,’’ said Charlotte Powell, City’s Disaster Risk management spokesperson.

‘’We will also activate relevant City services to conduct clean ups of the sites, and restore any services that may have been affected by the fires. And, we have already alerted our humanitarian aid partners, to provide assistance to all those affected by the fires through the provision of food, blankets, clothing and toiletry packs, etc,’’ she added.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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