City to rebuild Valhalla Park

350 of the 585 dwellings in the area were destroyed leaving 1,400 people homeless.

Shacks caught fire in Valhalla Park near Bishop Lavis on 23 December 2013. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says some informal settlers left homeless by yesterday's devastating fire in Valhalla Park have taken refuge at a community hall.

The blaze ripped through the informal settlement destroying almost half of the dwellings in the area.

City officials say 350 of the 585 dwellings in the area were destroyed and around 1,400 people have been left homeless.

At least 18 people were hurt with some people treated for smoke inhalation and dehydration.

The city's JP Smith says a number of people have since been moved to the Nooitgedacht Civic Centre.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town's disaster risk management centre says plans are underway to rebuild the entire informal settlement.

The city's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says engineers will start working on the site before the end of this week.

"We have the opportunity now that the site is cleared to introduce and implement new service roads, fire breaks, additional electricity connections and other municipal services."

More than 60 separate fires have gutted shacks across the Cape Peninsula in recent weeks, affecting over 500 residents.

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management says there are a number of points where the public can drop of any donations for the victims.

The municipality says items such as clothes, blankets and canned goods can be dropped off at fire stations.

At the same time, the city's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says engineers will redevelop the stricken area this week.

"We have the opportunity now that the site has been cleared to introduce firebreaks, additional electricity connections and other municipal services. Today the City of Cape Town will clear the site."

If you would like to donate to the victims of the Valhalla Park fire, please call the City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management for more info - 080 911 4357.