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200 shacks razed, 600 people left homeless in Imizamo Yethu fire

This is the fifth fire in the area in four months and a second this month.

Residents of the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay, Cape Town, help to clear the rubble on 28 December 2015 after a fire ripped through a section. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - At least 600 people have been left homeless after a fire destroyed their homes in Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu informal settlement.

The blaze broke out in the early hours of this morning but it’s unclear what caused it.

This is the fifth fire in the area in four months and a second this month.

Cape Town Fire and Rescue's Theo Layne says, “Just after midnight, we responded to a fire in Imizamo Yethu where 200 structures were destroyed. It left approximately 600 people displaced but there were no injuries or fatalities. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.”

Last month, The Hout Bay informal settlement was struck by a devastating fire that razed 60 dwellings and displaced 240 residents.

In December, Disaster Risk Management officials assessed the damage caused by a fire that ripped through Imizamo Yethu where one life was lost and at least 1,000 people were left homeless. More than 500 shacks were razed to the ground.

WATCH: Fatal fire hits Hout Bay informal settlement

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