Homes go up in flames in Masiphumelele

At least 50 shacks destroyed by fire in Masiphumelele.
Over 150 people have been left homeless after 50 shacks were destroyed by fire in Masiphumelele last night.

The City’s Fire and Rescue Service responded to a call at Luntu Road at 11:15pm.

Sixty firefighters were dispatched to the incident.

Fire and rescue spokesperson Theo Layne said, “The fire was extinguished by 2am. The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this stage.”

This is the fourth fire incident in one week.

On Friday October 26, a fire razed 304 structures in Vrygrond/Capricorn. No injuries were reported.

In another incident, 120 households were affected by a fire on Sunday October 21 in Kosovo, Philippi.

On Saturday October 20, 30-year-old Sango Nqeneka died in a fire that left more than a thousand people homeless in Silver Town, Khayelitsha.

In the last financial year, the City of Cape Town said it spent R30 million on emergency materials and has made improvements to the emergency fire kits that are issued to victims.

The enhanced kits now consist of 25 zinc sheets; 14 wooden poles which are fire-treated; three packets of nails; a door; door hinges; a window frame and a window.