Another Cape fire destroys 100 homes in Masiphumelele informal settlement

About one hundred families have been left homeless after a fire broke in Masiphumelele informal settlement between Kommetjie and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula on Tuesday evening.

The blaze broke out at around 18h00 and no injuries have been reported.

Theo Layne, Spokesperson for Cape Town Fires they were, unfortunately, unable to determine the cause of the fire.

We believe the first thing we ought to do is educate the public on how to prevent shack fires.

Theo Layne, Spokesperson for Cape Town Fires

We have so many informal settlements that policing the structures is a challenge says Layne.

He says the city went as far as introducing a reblocking process which allows for sufficient spaces between the structures but once again it is unfortunate that people did not adhere to the recommendations.

They leave a three metre gap and after a period of time it starts repopulating.

Theo Layne, Spokesperson for Cape Town Fires

Take a listen to the full interview with Theo Layne in the clip below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Another Cape fire destroys 100 homes in Masiphumelele informal settlement


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