On Christmas Day and on the Day of Goodwill, “a number of” people lost their lives in fires across the city, Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille said.


“Our holiday period has once again seen a number of tragic incidents which led to a number of deaths,” she said.
On Dec. 26, the city’s Fire and Rescue Service responded to four residential fires where eight people died, De Lille said.

Yesterday a fire in Mandela Park in Hout Bay destroyed 250 structures leaving about 1,000 people displaced and one adult male died, she said.

“Too many people have lost their lives in a matter of days and I am appealing to all resident to please be cautious with flammable materials and make sure they work with us to prevent these devastating fires,” the mayor said.

The causes of these fires are being investigated.

Building over firebreaks and the extreme density of illegal structures were behind some of the fires, Cape Town safety and security spokesperson JP Smith said.

“There is illegal building, congestion, and building over the firebreaks, which makes it impossible for the City of Cape Town to stop the fires from spreading,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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