233 displaced after fire rips through Du noon

Two hundred and thirty-three were left displaced and one hundred and six structures destroyed, following a blaze that broke out in Du noon, near Milnerton, just before midday on Friday.


The City of Cape Town's Mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith said

more than 60 firefighters were utilising 16 firefighting appliances to contain the blaze in Usasaza Street, Du Noon.

He added that City Law Enforcement were also requested to assist with crowd control when some members of the public attempted to disrupt the operations of the firefighters.

''Firefighting efforts were severely hampered by the structures built up closely to each other and many of which was double stories, making it difficult for Fire vehicles  to maneuver as the space was congested,'' said Smith.

Smith said no fatalities were recorded but two firefighters sustained injuries with one sustaining minor burn wounds to his hand which were treated at the scene, not requiring hospitalisation, while the second had to be transported for medical care.

The fire was extinguished at approximately 17:00 on Friday.

The Gift of the Givers and SASSA are providing humanitarian assistance. The Western Cape's Department of Social Development has been activated to provide psychosocial support services.

Done By: Mitchum George


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