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Cape Peninsula fires leave 140 homeless

At least a 140 people were left homeless in overnight shack fires in the Cape Peninsula.

At least a 140 people were left homeless in overnight shack fires in the Cape Peninsula, Cape Town emergency services reported. Picture: sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN -At least 140 people were left homeless in overnight shack fires in the Cape Peninsula.

Fires razed informal settlements near Fish Hoek, Durbanville and Bishop Lavis, destroying dozens of shacks.

Spokesperson for Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services, Theo Layne, said their department started taking calls about the three fires at Masiphumelele, Fisantekraal and Kaalfontein at 7.30pm.

No injuries were reported.

A blaze also gutted a flat in Mouille Point, after a gas cylinder exploded in the area.