Cape Town – More than 40 people have been left destitute and a number of shacks destroyed after a fire broke out at the Vygieskraal Informal Settlement in Rylands on Friday morning.
According to City of Cape Town fire services spokesman Theo Layne, emergency services responded to the fire in Hadji Ebrahim Crescent shortly after 9 am.
“Twelve structures were destroyed and 40 persons were displaced by the fire. The fire was extinguished by 10:45 am. Three fire engines, two water tankers, one rescue vehicle and 21 firefighters were on the scene,” said Layne.
No injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
In recent years, the informal settlement has been ravaged by fires. In December 2016, more than 400 people were left homeless after 100 shacks were destroyed in a fire caused by a candle that was left unattended in a shack.