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Valhalla Park plans for housing underway

The city says fire victims are being temporarily rehoused while formal housing is arranged.

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

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town city bosses say the victims of the Valhalla Park fire have been temporarily rehoused and plans for formal houses are underway.

Around 350 shacks burned to the ground and 1,400 people were left homeless after a devastating fire in the Agstelaan informal settlement, just before Christmas.

It's been reported the fire was started by an illegal electrical connection.

City bosses say the primary beneficiaries have all been accommodated according to a formal layout that will ultimately house all 600 families.

Construction is set to begin later this year.

The city's Tandeka Gqada says the programme will see each family getting access to piped water, flush toilets and prepaid electricity.

"This layout has been developed according to the city's upgrade of informal settlements. They'll be better off and will have the individual services they didn't have before."

Meanwhile one person has died in an overnight shack fire in the Philippi informal settlement.

Half a dozen shacks were gutted in the blaze on Monwood Drive.

City fire and rescue service's Theo Layne says, "Six structures burnt down, leaving 24 people misplaced and one person died. The extent of the damage is unknown at this stage. The cause of the fire is also undetermined at this stage but the incident has been handed over to the South African Police Service."