19 May 2019

South Africa: Shacks Gutted in Early Morning Cape Town Fire

Photo: Ella Ndongeni/GroundUp
The aftermath of the fire in Masiphumelele.

Several shacks were destroyed when a blaze gutted through part of Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"Just after 01:00, the city's fire and rescue service received a call reporting numerous informal structures alight in Masiphumelele," said spokesperson Jermaine Carelse.

"Eight fire fighting appliances, a rescue vehicle and 36 firefighters were in attendance."

He said firefighters battled the blaze for nearly five hours.

"No fatalities or injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined," Carelse said.

Source: News24

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