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CAPE TOWN Jan 18 Sapa
WCAPE FIRE LEAVES 160 PEOPLE HOMELESS
A fire in Crossroads, Cape Town, left 160 people without homes on Wednesday afternoon, the city's disaster risk management centre said.
Spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the fire started on the Old Klipfontein road in the Lusaka informal settlement at 3.30pm.
A total of 45 shacks were gutted. No casualties were reported.
"The overhead electricity network infrastructure was also damaged by the fire. That affected the supply of power to the area."
Solomons-Johannes said technicians soon restored the power supply.
Food, blankets and clothing were provided for those affected. The cause of the fire was unknown.
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