Man killed in Cape Town shack fire

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IOL news oct28 shack fire Independent Newspapers File photo: Chris Collingridge

Cape Town - A man burnt to death and 10 people were left homeless after separate shack fires in the Western Cape on Saturday.

A 26-year-old man died after being trapped in his the bedroom of his shack in Parkwood, the City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre said.

Spokesman Wilfred Solomons- Johannes said he could not escape a blaze that broke out in his home.

“The fire gutted a formal house and backyard dwelling,” he said.

The blaze also left two adults and four children homeless.

In a separate incident, in Philippi, a fire detroyed a wood-and-iron structure at Brown's Farm informal settlement. Four people were left homeless.

The disaster response teams assisted the victims with food parcels, blankets, clothing and building materials.

Authorities have not yet established the causes of the fires. -Sapa


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