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

Cape Town - A man was killed and 11 people left homeless in a shack fire in Phillipi, a City of Cape Town official said on Friday.

Disaster risk centre spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the fire broke out on Thursday at 5.40pm in the Brown's Farm informal settlement, gutting a shack.

Khawceza Nontsele, 63, was trapped and died on the scene.

The cause of the fire was being investigated and an inquest docket had been opened.