Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Shacks devoured by flames on Christmas Day – 1 adult dies

PHILLIPI-EAST: At 03:43 on Tuesday, 25 December 2012, a fire was reported at 5713 Ngqabe Road, Phillipi East. During the incipient stages neighbours assisted the occupants to extinguish the fire. Upon arrival of the Fire & Rescue Services the shack was already engulfed with flames that brought the fire under control. As a result two persons were left displaced – both persons [a male and female adult] sustained serious burn wounds that was taken to hospital for medical treatment. One adult male which identity has not been made known by the South African Police Services (SAPS) has died. It is believed that the man that died deliberately started the fire. The SAPS has opened an inquest docket to investigate the incident.

OCEAN VIEW: At 12:42 on Tuesday, 25 December 2012 a fire gutted one backyard dwelling leaving 9 people displaced at Block H1 Mountain View, Ocean View. The cause of the fire is suspected arson and the SAPS have opened a docket to investigate.

ATHLONE: A fire that occurred at 22:23 on Tuesday, 25 December 2012 destroyed a formal dwelling at 16 Cross Boulevard, Kewtown in Athlone. The fire resulted in the displacement of four people. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

The City’s disaster response teams assisted the fire victims with the supply of food parcels, blankets, baby packs, clothing and building material; including emergency psychosocial trauma counselling.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre encourages residents to be fire safe when working with open flames. When going to bed, residents should isolate electrical devices and extinguish gas burners, candles, lamps and paraffin stoves in order to prevent fires.

For more information on how to prevent fires please visit City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre on


Issued by: Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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

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