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Over 550 CT families start rebuilding following shack fires

The Cape Town fire and rescue service has responded to 10 major fire incidents since the start of the Easter holiday period.

FILE: Hundreds of residents have been displaced following a shack fire in Imizamo Yethu near Hout Bay. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – About 560 displaced families have started rebuilding their homes following devastating shack fires over the Easter long weekend.

In Hout Bay, one person died when a fire tore through Imizamo Yethu on Sunday.

One hundred shacks were razed to the ground.

Officials also visited Gugulethu where a fire claimed the life of one man and left more than 100 people destitute.

The Cape Town fire and rescue service has responded to 10 major fire incidents since the start of the Easter holiday period.

Separate fires in Hout Bay and Gugulethu claimed the lives of two people.

Other fires occurred in areas including Kraaifontein, Montague Gardens and Phillippi.

The Disaster Risk Management’s Charlotte Powell says relief operations have been activated in all the affected areas.

“The relief operation provided blankets, hot meals and other City rescue services also came in to assist.”

Officials say it’s unclear what sparked the fires.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)