City calls on public to assist victims of fire at informal settlement in Athlone

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The City of Cape Town (CoCT) has appealed to the public to assist victims of a fire that broke out at the Hadji Ebrahim informal settlement in Belgravia, Athlone on Sunday evening. 

“The City’s Fire & Rescue Service received the emergency call at 21:12 on Sunday night, 14 February 2021, of informal structures alight in Hadji Ebrahim Crescent, Belgravia. A total of 25 firefighters from Ottery, Wynberg, Gugulethu, Landsdowne and Goodwood were dispatch to the scene. Numerous informal structures were destroyed and leaving many displaced. One adult male sustained fatal burn wounds. The fire was extinguished at approximately 23:52,” spokesperson for City Fire and Rescue Service, Jermaine Carelse says.

Picture: Zahid Badroodien, Facebook

The City reports that 31 wood and iron structure were destroyed, leaving 123 people displaced. The scene was then handed to the South African Police Service.

Police’s Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed that a death inquest case has been opened after a 66-year-old man died in the fire. The cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

“The City appeals to members of the public to assist the fire victims with social relief in the form of food parcels, blankets, baby packs, clothing and building material,” it says in a statement.

People can also contact Christa Liebenberg, Manager of Subcouncil 17 to make donations via Tel: 021 444 0500, Cell: 084 629 3330 and Email: