Sunday, December 25, 2005

Cape fires - Grim Christmas

It will be a grim Christmas for many Capetonians after raging fires burned down homes in some of the poorest and richest areas of the city on Saturday.Overnight flare-ups had occurred on the slopes of Devil's Peak, at Gordon's Bay and at Melkbos beach, the city's disaster management services spokesperson John Brown said.

Between 300 and 400 people were left homeless after a fire destroyed about 100 shacks at an informal settlement in Philippi on the Cape Flats, while by 7pm, a blaze still raging unchecked on the mountainside above upmarket Camps Bay had gutted one home and damaged nine others. Read More

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