Blaze breaks out in Gugulethu

Three fire trucks have been deployed as officials try to extinguish the blaze.

Residents at the fire scene in Gugulethu watching as the fire is being extinguished. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Emergency Services officials are battling a blaze at the Barcelona informal settlement in Gugulethu.

The fire broke out earlier today.

Three fire trucks have been deployed as officials try to extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet known at this stage.

17 people have been displaced and the City's Fire Service's Theo Lane says seven shacks have been destroyed.

Anxious locals are watching the drama unfold.