Early morning Cape Town fires claim 4 lives, leaves many homeless

Early morning Cape Town fires claim 4 lives, leaves many homeless

- In the early morning hours of Sunday, 22 December, three different fires lit up Cape Town

- Four people were killed during the blazes and many more are now homeless after their homes were destroyed

- Firefighters took less than an hour to bring the fires to an end

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In three different fires, chaos was spread across Cape Town. A number of people were left homeless after their homes were caught in the fire.

Four people tragically lost their lives as well, Briefly.co.za learnt.

Jermaine Carelse, a fire services spokesperson, said firefighters responded to the first incident at 2:45am in Disa Road, Philippi.

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"Numerous structures were destroyed and the fire was extinguished at 04:00. Unfortunately, the body of a man was discovered and a woman was treated and transported to a nearby hospital for burn wounds."

Then, as reported on by News24, at 3:00am, another fire was reported at a house in Matshoba Street, Khayelitsha.

"Despite courageous efforts of firefighters, CPR was terminated on an adult male whilst a woman was transported to hospital for burn wounds."

At 4:50am, a blaze at Siqalo informal settlement in Philippi was put out but two people lost their lives.

"Firefighters took less than an hour to extinguish the blaze. Unfortunately, the bodies of two men were discovered during mopping-up operations."

The cases will now be investigated by the police. The cause of the fires isn't clear as of yet.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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