Thursday, January 12, 2006

Township residents left homeless in Cape fire

More than 140 people were left homeless on Thursday morning after a fire destroyed 30 shacks at Barcelona informal settlement in Gugulethu, SABC radio news reported. The report said firefighters managed to put out the blaze. Five fire engines were on the scene.

Police spokesperson Randall Stoffels said the disaster management team was seeking alternative accommodation for the victims." At about 3:30am this morning, 25 shacks were destroyed. A candle which fell in one of the homes caused the blaze," Stoffels said. There were no injuries. - Sapa

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