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WC authorities probe weekend fires

Since the start of the weekend, 57 dwellings were gutted and close to 200 people were displaced.

FILE: The City of Cape Town is investigating the number of shack fires that took place over the weekend. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is investigating the high number of shack fires that have occurred in recent weeks.

Since the start of the weekend, 57 dwellings were gutted and close to 200 people were displaced.

Disaster risk management teams have supplied relief aid to affected residents and again urged the public to be vigilant around flammable materials.

The city's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says, "This is a concern for the city. We are in the process of rolling out intensified public awareness and looking at areas where we've discovered problems."

In other fire related investigations, Wildfire Services say they are mapping the extent of the damage following the Bainskloof blaze.

Firefighters battled the flames until the early hours of Sunday morning.

It's believed an unattended braai, fanned by strong winds, led to the outbreak of the veld fire outside Wellington.

Cape Winelands Fire department's Ian Ross says, "Guys must not light up open fires in the summer season. With the South-Easter blowing like that, it's a recipe for disaster."