Tuesday, 11 December 2012

City’s disaster response teams helps 38 people left homeless due to fires and strong-winds

BELLVILLE: A fire was reported at 08:08 on Monday, 10 December 2012 at 180 Binne Crescent, Bellville-South that destroyed 2 shacks. Two adult males received burn wounds all over their bodies and were treated on-scene by the Western Cape Government: METRO Emergency Medical Services and ER24. The patients were transported to hospital for further medical treatment.

KRAAIFONTEIN: At 09:59 today [Monday, 10 December 2012] a fire was reported at Gwaza Crescent, Wallacedene in Kraaifontein. Three (3) formal dwellings and seventeen (17) shacks were destroyed leaving 51 people homeless.

NYANGA: Earlier this morning a fire was also reported at Lotus Informal Settlement near Nyanga Junction. The fire gutted 6 wood and iron structures leaving 16 people displaced.

PHILLIPI: At 18:05 on Monday, 10 December 2012 a tree fell onto a wood and iron structure at the Klipfontein Mission Station, off Lansdowne Road, Phillipi due to strong wind conditions. The three (3) occupants that were inside the structure flee to safety.

The City’s disaster response teams assisted the victims that were affected by the blaze with clothing, food parcels and blankets and building materials.

The City also provided emergency psychosocial trauma counselling as the victims were devastated as they lost all their personal belongings.

The cause of these fire incidents is undetermined and the authorities will investigate.

The South African Police Services that also opened inquest dockets regarding these incidents.



Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects and Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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