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Deadly fire leaves hundreds homeless in Imizamo Yethu

Two people were killed and hundreds were left homeless following a devastating blaze in Mandela Park.

Mandela Park residents salvage their belongings in case the fire spread towards their home. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

MANDELA PARK - Hundreds of displaced residents from Imizamo Yethu near Hout Bay have been left homeless following a devastating blaze.

Emergency services are battling to extinguish the fire which broke out in Mandela Park overnight.

Two people have died.

Thick plumes of smoke can be seen as you drive down Rhodes Drive towards Imizamo Yethu.

In Petersen Street in Mandela Park hundreds of residents watch as the fire continues to rage.

A chopper can be seen water-bombing the area, while firefighters race to contain as much of the fire as possible.

Some residents told Eyewitness News they managed to grab furniture and other belongings before their homes were completely gutted.

Catherine Ramolahlehi, one of the residents, says, “I don’t know what to do… I’m just standing here looking after my stuff.”

Emergency personnel on the scene have told Eyewitness News at least 100 shacks have burnt down.

Residents from neighbouring areas like Constantia and Hout Bay have also made their way to Manedela Park to help those in need.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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