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More homeless after CT shack fires

Cape Town Disaster Management is assisting the victims of another two Khayelitsha shack fires.

Residents of Mandela Park rebuild their homes following a shack fire. Picture: Georgina Selander/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Disaster Management is providing assistance to around 250 people left homeless by two shack fires in Khayelitsha.

The fires broke out late Monday night, within minutes of each other.

Authorities suspect one was caused by an electrical fault while the cause of the other is still unknown.

Disaster Management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said, "The city's disaster teams are currently in the area to assist the victims. They will be supplying food parcels, blankets, baby clothing and building material."

In a separate incident, three people died in a house fire in Mitchells Plain on Monday.

Last week, a man was killed during a shack fire in Gugulethu. The fire also destroyed three shacks.

The Western Cape has been rocked by fires in recent weeks.

In January, firefighters were deployed to extinguish more than 50 veld-fires throughout the province.

No one was killed but hectares of the field were destroyed.