Study reveals shack fires move at devastating speed

A research experiment has been conducted by the Fire Engineering Research Unit at Stellenbosch University (FireSUN) in collaboration with the Western Cape Disaster Management, Fire and Rescue Services and the Breede Valley Municipality (BVM) fire department in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh to determine how to reduce the impact[…]

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8 killed in Cape Town shack fires

Eight people were killed and 19 others were displaced in the early hours of Saturday morning across Cape Town when their shacks in were engulfed in flames, the city’s fire and rescue department said. A total of three men, three women and two girls were killed in four different areas,[…]

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Man burns to death in Cape Town shack fire

A man was burnt beyond recognition on Saturday by a fire which destroyed 15 shacks and left 50 people homeless in Wallacedene, the City of Cape Town’s fire and rescue service said. The blaze, which is suspected to have been sparked by a cooking fire that was left unattended in[…]

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Chaos in Nomzamo

Photo: Andriques Che Petersen “I was standing here yesterday, watching this happen. I didn’t understand what it was because it was so strange. Some of my friends lived there, but now after the shacks were broken down I haven’t seen them.” So said Akhona* who stood with me observing the[…]

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