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Authorities investigate series of fires across Cape Peninsula

Firefighters responded to deadly blazes in Mflueni & Hout Bay at the weekend.

Traffic was backed up in Hout Bay and access to Imizamo Yethu restricted after a fire tore through the settlement Fire trucks line the main road. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.
Imizamo Yethu,Cape Peninsula shack fires,Imizamo Yethu shack fires,Imizamo Yethu informal settlement,Cape Peninsula
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CAPE TOWN – Authorities are investigating the causes of a series of fires across the Cape Peninsula which have left three people dead and hundreds more displaced.

Firefighters responded to deadly blazes in Mflueni and Hout Bay at the weekend. 

Dozens of shacks were destroyed in a fire in Imizamo Yethu at the weekend.

It’s one of several blazes to bit that community in recent months.

Residents there have been working hard to recover what’s left of their possessions after the second devastating fire to break out in the settlement in less than two weeks.

One person died and at least 600 others were sent scrambling when their homes were razed on Saturday morning.

Community Leader Samkelo Kweqe said, “From November we’ve had six fires and lost five people.”

Sandile Moxala, who’s been living there for 15 years, said he narrowly escaped the blaze with only the clothes on his back.

“I don’t have any clothing, identification and food as I've lost everything. I’ve got only the clothes on my back.”

Disaster Risk Management officials are expected to continue distributing building materials today.

Meanwhile, police are also investigating two other deadly blazes in Mfuleni and Kraaifontein.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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