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Rubble cleared after Masiphumelele blaze

30 trucks will be used to clear rubble left behind by a massive fire in the informal settlement.

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

CAPE TOWN - Tons of rubble is currently being removed from the Masiphumelele informal settlement after a massive fire destroyed over 200 shacks on Friday.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says the City of Cape Town expects to use 30 trucks to clear up the fire debris.

Several community members lost all their possessions.

Residents have been trying to salvage what they can.

At least six people, including a firefighter, were treated for smoke inhalation on Firday.

Meanwhile, retail giant Pick 'n Pay have set up donation collection points at several of its branches in the southern suburbs in aid of Masiphumelele residents.

Pick 'n Pay's Marketing Manager for the Western Cape, Mark Jennings, says every donation will help.

"Our hearts really go out to the victims of the fire. 200 [of those left homeless] are babies and stormy weather and rainy conditions have been predicted which just compounds the absolute misery."

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