Fire fighters fight a fire at Rhodes Memorial. March 17 2009 Photo by Michael Walker

Johannesburg - At least 79 people were left homeless after fires at five informal settlements in the Western Cape this weekend, the disaster risk management centre reported on Sunday.

The centre’s spokesperson, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, said they attended to fires in the Lotus River, Langa, Milnerton, Khayelitsha and Kraaifontein areas.

The Milnerton blaze, which occurred on Saturday evening, left the biggest disaster.

“The fire destroyed 16 shacks at the Siyahlala informal settlement. As a result, 36 people (including seven children) were left displaced,” said Solomons-Johannes.

He said disaster management teams were providing food parcels, blankets, clothing and building material to those who were affected.

It was unclear what sparked the blazes. - Sapa