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CT assists those affected by weekend fires

The causes of this weekend’s shack fires in Cape Town still need to be investigated.

The cause of this weekend’s fires, still need to be investigated. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Sunday was assisting more than 100 people displaced by several shack fires which also claimed the lives of two people this weekend.

118 shacks were gutted in the New Rest Informal Settlement in Nyanga in the morning and displaced more than 360 people.

Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said 50 other people were displaced following fires at informal settlements in Muizenberg and the Strand.

He said the cause of all three fires will be investigated.

"The city's response teams are assisting with the victims in Muizenberg, the Strand and Nyanga.

"We have also made arrangements for emergency psychosocial trauma counseling for the families."

He said the cause of all three fires will be investigated.

"At this stage it is unclear how the fire started and there will an investigation and he South African police service has opened a inquest into these incidences."