Gugulethu woman, child die following blaze that destroyed 19 informal structures

Firefighters responded to the incident on Saturday night where several shacks were alight in the Phola Park area.

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JOHANNESBURG - A woman and a child have died following a blaze in Gugulethu, Cape Town, that destroyed 19 informal structures.

Firefighters responded to the incident on Saturday night where several shacks were alight in the Phola Park area.

Authorities managed to douse the flames about two and a half hours later.

Close to 50 people have been affected by the fire.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service's Jermaine Carelse said: “During firefighting operations, bodies of a woman and a boy were discovered. The fire was extinguished before 9 pm. The cause of the blaze is unknown and has been handed over to the South African Police Service.”

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