800 homeless after fire breaks out in informal settlement in Hout Bay
Fire broke out in Western Cape in the early hours of Sunday leaving over 800 people homeless.
The fire destroyed an estimated 200 shacks in an informal settlement in Hout Bay in the Western Cape.
Carelse said Hout Bay firefighters responded to the call but they were short of resources and had to call for backup after a “swirling wind” caused more havoc.
The tough fire was extinguished at 11.48am after about 80 firefighters from 14 different fire stations, with 20 firefighting appliances battled the blaze.
He said the fire displaced hundreds of people.
A firefighter had to be treated immediately after inhaling too much toxic smoke.
He revealed that the cause of the fire is unknown but investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Hout Bay ward councillor, Roberto Miguel Quintas confirmed that no community members were injured.
“Currently we are working on approximately 200 structures destroyed and approximately 800 people affected.
“A team will be deployed to assist with clearing and starter kits to rebuild will be provided to residents on site as soon as possible.
“The city’s disaster risk management has also begun approaching corporate sponsors to assist with basic items for those affected.
“The electricity department is already on site and will be working towards restoring all legal connections as soon as possible.
“I am grateful for the speedy response by services, and more so that it appears that no-one has suffered injury nor especially loss of life,” said Quintas.
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