shack fire

Ten-year-old boy rescues mother‚ cousin from shack fire

A ten-year-old rescued his mother and two-year-old cousin from a shack fire in which his infant nephew‚ Athaluve Sixakwe‚ died in the early hours of Monday. The fire left 70 people homeless in Kwa 5‚ Doornback informal settlement‚ opposite Dunoon near Milnerton‚ Cape Town. The grade 4 Sophakama Primary School[…]

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Innovative paint to prevent rapid spread of shackfires

Families in some 800 shacks across Cape Town should feel a lot safer by Christmas when their homes have been painted with a special fire shield. The Khusela Ikhaya paint is water-based, eco-friendly and expands to form a fire-retardant shield when exposed to extreme heat. It slows down the spread[…]

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Boy, 7, killed in WCape shack fire

A seven year old boy was killed on Sunday when a fire tore through four shacks in Wallacedene, the Cape Town disaster management said. Ten other people were left homeless as a result, spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement. In a separate incident, 270 people were displaced when a[…]

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Shack fires in CTown leave 118 displaced

A total of 118 people have been left homeless after 30 shacks burned down in various parts of Cape Town, the City’s Disaster Operations Centre said on Saturday. “No injuries were reported,” said the Centre’s acting head Wilfred Solomons-Johannes. In the most devastating of the five fires that had broken[…]

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