120 left without home following fire in Phumlani
A fire in Phumlani village, near Lotus River, that destroyed 25 shacks, left more than 120 people destitute and community leaders are appealing to the public to step in and assist.
The fire, which occurred on Monday afternoon, is said to have been accidental and police suspect no foul play. Spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said: Fortunately the fire was extinguished with no injuries or fatalities were reported. The City’s fire and rescue services brought the blaze under control with 10 fire engines and 43 firefighters. The City’s disaster risk management Centre was then activated for further assessments.
Community leader Sidwell Kweba said while the community was still reeling from the devastating incident, unaffected residents and neighboring communities were working hard to assist those affected knowing that the City will not be providing relief makes things hard.