Athlone community gets humanitarian relief following shack fire

More than 50 dwellings were gutted in the blaze earlier on Tuesday morning.

More than 50 dwellings were gutted in the blaze earlier on Tuesday morning. Picture: Freeimages.

CAPE TOWN - An Athlone community has been assisted with supplies to rebuild their shacks following a fire at the Pook se Bos informal settlement that has claimed the life of a man.

More than 50 dwellings were gutted in the blaze earlier on Tuesday morning.

When officials initially responded to the fire, they were forced to withdraw due to an unruly crowd.

The city's disaster risk management's Charlotte Powell said: “The disaster risk management centre has made an assessment at the Pook se Bos informal settlement. About 52 dwellings were destroyed by the blaze, leaving 127 people affected. The Mustadafin Foundation will provide humanitarian relief.”