Nearly 400 people have been left homeless after a devasting fire blazed through the informal settlement of Drommedaris in Mbekweni, Paarl. 

The devastation follows days of firefighters in the Cape Winelands has to battle to contain fires as they fight the fire on the slopes of Paarlberg, reports IOL

Around sixty firefighters, eight fire fighting vehicles, and two helicopters have been deployed to tackle the flames earlier this week, as per EWN

While it’s a devasting blow for residents, especially right before Christmas, the community is slowly starting to rebuild after the flames caused major destruction on Saturday morning. Thankfully, there are a few angels that have come to the aid of residents. Gift of the Givers, a foundation that deals largely in disaster response, have delivered hot nutritious meals, blankets, mattresses, water and hygiene packs to the devasted victims of the fire. 

“It seems that the residents of the Drommedaris informal settlement in Mbekweni, Paarl, are going to be deprived of another Christmas, as a devastating fire in the early hours of this morning destroyed 100 informal homes, and rendered 400 people homeless,” said Gift of the Givers stated in an Instagram post.

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