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Over 100 shacks gutted in early morning Cape Town fire

...firefighters battled the blaze for nearly five hours..

Over 100 shacks were destroyed in a blaze in the Masiphumelele informal settlement, Cape Town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

City’s fire and rescue service received a call reporting numerous informal structures alight in Masiphumelele around 01:00.

Jermaine Carelse,the city’s fire¬† and rescue service spokesperson said:”Eight fire fighting appliances, a rescue vehicle and 36 firefighters were in attendance.”

He said firefighters battled the blaze for nearly five hours and no fatalities or injuries were reported.

City of Cape Town’s disaster risk management spokesperson Charlotte Powell confirmed that 119 structures were destroyed, affecting 211 people.

“Emergency sheltering has been activated [at the] Masiphumelele community hall,” she added.

More: news24

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