Hundreds left homeless after fire in Strand informal settlement

City of Cape Town officials say that 100 informal settlement housing structures have been razed to the ground.

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CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of families have been left homeless in Cape Town after a fire gutted their shacks in Nomzamo, Strand.

City of Cape Town officials say that 100 informal settlement housing structures have been razed to the ground.

A firefighter, who sustained injuries during the blaze on Friday night, is recovering in hospital.

Meanwhile, 120 people have been left homeless after their shacks burned down in Leonsdale.

Housing officials are on scene to assess the damage caused by the early morning blaze.

No fatalities were recorded.

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Director Richard Bosman said: “This morning just after 3:30 the City’s fire and rescue department responded to a fire in Leonsdale, Elsies River as there were reports of shacks alight. We do have staff on the scene from disaster management to provide relief to the people. But the fire has been extinguished, the cause of which is unknown at this point in time.”