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3 killed in separate fires across Cape Town

At least 65 firefighters responded to the fire yesterday which was threatening to spread to homes.

FILE: A fireman mans a hose during a fire in Gugulethu, Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Three people have died in separate fires across Cape Town this past weekend.

Overnight a shack burnt to the ground in the Blue Downs area claiming one life.

Fire and Rescue Service's Theo Layne says officials responded to a few blazes in Khayelitsha.

At the same time, fire crews are monitoring a mountain blaze near Simonstown for potential flare ups.

At least 65 firefighters responded to the fire yesterday which at one stage was threatening to spread to homes.

The cause of the fire is still unclear.

Layne said, "That's above the informal settlement. The danger to property has been averted. We're assisted by the National Parks."

Meanwhile, mop-up operations are underway in a Gugulethu informal settlement, where one person died and 9 others were left homeless in a fire over the weekend.