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Over 200 shacks damaged in Masiphumelele

Six people, including a firefighter, were treated for smoke inhalation.

A pile of rubble lying near the road following a shack fire in Masiphumelele on 23 May 2014. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Officials extinguished a fire which broke out at the Masiphumelele township near Kommetjie, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services said on Friday.

Authorities have confirmed at least 200 shacks have been gutted in the blaze.

Earlier on Friday, one of the main roads leading into the informal settlement was sprawling with around 80 firefighters and water trucks.

Six people, including a firefighter, were treated for smoke inhalation.

Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services confirmed the blaze had been contained and the cause was still unknown.

Residents are trying to salvage what they can.

Fire and rescue services spokesperson Liezl Moodie said, "The persons affected by the fire are being attended [to]. Disaster management are seeing to them. The injured people were treated."