According to reports, the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue department released a statement on Monday saying 2 people died and 7 others lost their homes in fires across Cape Town this weekend.
Fire and Rescue spokesperson Jermaine Carelse reportedly confirmed the death of two people in separate fires on Monday and Sunday. The fires broke out in Browns Farm Philippi and Wallacedene Kraaifontein and are still being investigated.
Carelse said in the statement, “The first death came on Sunday in J Maqoma Street on Saturday, September 19, when an informal structure caught fire and the City’s Fire and Rescue Services were alerted just after 10pm”.
According to Carelse the Gugulethu fire crew responded to the Browns Farm incident but the structure was completely gutted. The body of a man was found, he had sustained fatal burn wounds.
The fire in Wallacedene broke out at around 1 am. The Brackenfell crew responded to reports of informal structures alight in Ntongana Street. The crew reportedly found the body of an unknown person, the injuries were fatal and the gender or age of the person remains unknown for now.
Both scenes were reportedly handed over to the SAPS for investigation.
On Saturday at around 7pm the Wynberg crew responded to a fire in Steenberg. Seven people lost their homes in this instance, it is reported that 4 informal homes were gutted by the fire.