2017 Imizamo Yethu: The worst shack fire the City of Cape Town has ever seen

Besides having the world's most sought after scenery and tourism spots, the City of Cape Town is also known for its disastrous wild fires. In 2017, EWN reporter Monique Mortlock covered one of the biggest fires in Cape Town at Imizamo Yethu where about 4 500 structures were completely razed and approximately 15 000 residents affected.

Mortlock reflects on this day as she was one of the first journalists to arrive at the scene.

According to the City of Cape Town it was the biggest shack fire in the City's history ... It was terrible.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

I was less than 5 metres from these huge flames, I could see the flames actually engulfing the shacks one by one.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

It was my first time being up close to a fire.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

To hear more of Mortlock's reflection to Imizamo Yethu fire, listen below:


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