9 killed in Cape Town fires
Cape Town – Nine people have been killed in three separate fires in Cape Town’s shack settlements between Friday night and Saturday morning, the city’s fire and rescue services said.
A fire at the Mandela Park informal settlement near Hout Bay claimed two lives and was still burning at mid-morning on Saturday, said Layne.
Residents fled with their belongings from the narrow alleys between the corrugated iron houses to the safety of nearby tar roads, but two were trapped in the flames and died.
“There are going to be hundreds of people displaced,” said Layne, adding that disaster relief teams were on their way to assist.
He said that they had battled to get close to the fire because people had been dumping their belongings in the road as they evacuated.
Western Cape Traffic spokesperson Kenny Africa said that the fire brigade had encountered hostility and had to withdraw at one point.
The fire was also reportedly spreading into the mountain above Hout Bay.
The fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday.
In Witsand informal settlement near Delft, a man, a woman, a little girl and boy died when a fire swept through there overnight.
Courtesy : News24