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17 July 2011

Separate Cape Town fires leave 1 dead and 300 homeless

One person has died and more than 300 people have been left homeless following separate fires throughout the South Peninsula on Saturday night.

Officials discovered to charred body of a man after a blaze broke out at a Blackheath informal settlement.

At the same time, a fire broke out at Sweet Home Farm informal settlement in Philippi and left 300 homeless.

Cape Town Disaster Management’s Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said relief aid is being provided.

“The cause of the fires is undetermined. Disaster teams were on the scene at first daylight to provide necessary assistance to the victims.”