The Times: Two killed in Cape Town shack fires

Two killed in Cape Town shack fires
May 7, 2011 11:34 AM | By Sapa

Two people were killed in separate shack fires in Cape Town on Saturday morning, says the city’s Disaster Risk Management Centre.

Spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said one man died and 115 people left displaced after a fire swept through an informal settlement in Khayelitsha.

“The fire started at 2am. Thirty shacks were burnt,” said Solomons-Johannes.

In another incident at 5am, a man was killed when his shack caught alight in Tambo Village near Manenberg.

The man lived alone and the cause of the fire was not yet known.

“The wood and iron structure in which he lived caught fire and he suffered serious burns,” Solomons-Johannes said.

Police and fire authorities are investigating.