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Cape Town blaze claim four lives

by Bathandwa Mbola
on 25 Mar 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

Four people have died in a fire which gutted more than 126 homes at the KCT informal settlements in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

The blaze started on Monday afternoon above a navy installation, according to the Cape Town Fire Command and Control Centre in Dido Valley Road.

Cape Town, Disaster Management spokesperson, Wilfred Solomons Johannes told BuaNews on Tuesday that two adults and two children died from smoke inhalation while several people sustained burn wounds.

"We can confirm that one adult male, one female and two children have died at this stage," he said.

It took 20 fire engines to extinguish the blaze which left hundreds of people displaced, he said, adding that many of the affected families have also lost all their possessions.

The provincial Department of Housing have been assisting the 120 families left homeless.

"The cause of the fire which started at about 3am on Tuesday morning is not yet known and the police are investigating."

Another fire is still raging above the Simonstown naval base, said Mr Johannes.

He said four helicopters, which were sent in to help ground crews with fire-fighting, where still underway.

He dismissed reports that the fire threatened naval officers' home in the Da Gama Park.

"There is no property in danger," he said.

He said disaster management was being assisted by South African National Parks and the navy in combating the fire. - BuaNews

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