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The year came to a grim end for hundreds of residents of a Cape Flats informal settlement when their shacks were razed in a fire late on Thursday afternoon.
About 200 dwellings went up in flames at Doornbach, near Dunoon, after what Blouberg fire control said was a paraffin stove accident.
Six fire engines, a rescue vehicle and a water tanker were summoned to fight the fire.
Cape Town emergency services spokesperson Franz Schlaphoff said no injuries were reported.
He said 700 blankets, plus meals, were handed out to affected families on Thursday night, and that they would be fed again on Friday, Saturday, and "if necessary" on Sunday.
Council workers were clearing the site, which was on private land, and using earthmoving machinery to level it so the residents could rebuild their homes.
They were being given "starter kits" of poles and plastic sheeting so they would not be exposed to the elements.
"Hopefully by Sunday they'll all be sorted out," he said. - Sapa