Khayelitsha Fire Claims Four Lives

According to News24’s Cebelihle Mthethwa four people, including three children, were killed in a fire at the Endlovini informal settlement in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Tuesday.

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services reportedly received an emergency call at about 23:00 on Tuesday about informal structures that were on fire in the area.

According to police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, two girls, aged 5 and 8, and a boy, aged 7, died along with a 40-year-old woman.

Reports state that when firefighters arrived at the scene, they found that a single structure had been destroyed.

“A search of the property led to the discovery of the bodies of a woman, two girls and a… boy,” Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said.

The fire was extinguished at around midnight. Rwexana said the cause of the fire was unknown.

According to the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, there were 2 159 fires of informal structures in the metro in 2019. An inquest docket was opened.