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05 November 2011

Man dies in CapeTown fires

One person died and 27 others were left homeless after five fires swept across the Cape Peninsula over the past 24 hours.

Officials said three of the fires took place at informal settlements in Langa, Samora Machel and Khayelitsha while other fires took place at formal dwellings in Philippi and Kraaifontein.

Disaster Management’s Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said a 35-year-old Congolese man was burnt to death.

“One adult man was burnt beyond recognition at Samora Machel. The police will be investigating the matter,” he said.