Two people were killed and 90 left destitute when a fire destroyed several shacks in Hangberg in Hout Bay early today. Firefighters battled for five hours to bring the fire under control. Picture: Andre Roux
Cape Town - Two people – an adult and a 14-year-old boy – were killed in a fire in Hangberg in Hout Bay early this morning.  Several shacks were also destroyed in the fire.

Community leader Andre Roux, who gathered at the Civic Centre with the angered residents who lost their possessions in the fire, said the fire could have been controlled quicker  if the community had access to water. 

 “It was 1am when they woke me, the source of the fire is unknown. People are left with nothing. People died in the fire… the boy attended Sentinel Primary School.

“People are very angry because we tried to do something about it but there is no water up there. It could’ve made a difference, we had to wait quite a while for the fire department. I called 10111 three times and 112 three times. The service is really killing me,” said Roux.

The City’s divisional commander Edward Bosch confirmed the fire destroyed 90 homes and took the lives of two people, who have not been identified.

Bosch said the cause of the fire was still unknown.

Roux has appealed for donations of food, clothing and furniture for the victims of the fire who lost their belongings. Roux can be reached at 078 121 6371 


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