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Cape Town – Two people were burnt beyond recognition after a fire at their double-storey home in Philippi last night, with unconfirmed reports of a further two people still missing.

"At approximately 11.35pm yesterday, the City's Fire & Rescue Service responded to a dwelling alight in Boom Street, Philippi," the City said on Monday.

"As Ottery's fire crew arrived first on the scene, they found a double-storey dwelling fully engulfed in flames with the roof and first floor already caved in. Immediately more resources were called upon.

"The initial search of the property led to the discovery of two bodies burnt beyond recognition. The South African Police Sevice dog unit was requested to search the property further.

"The fire was extinguished and the scene handed over to the SAPS forensics department just before 07:00. Two people are still unaccounted for."

Also on Sunday at 11.06pm, the Mitchells Plain Fire crew responded to an incident in Symphony Walk at the Town Centre mall. It was discovered that rubbish was alight and the fire was extinguished at 11.27pm, the City said.

Cape Times