Two females tragically lost their lives in the early hours of Thursday, May 20. The women aged 17 and 26, were killed when their informal structures caught alight near Belhar in Cape Town.
Fire spokesperson, Jermaine Carelse, confirmed to Cape Town Etc that the City’s Fire and Rescue Service received the emergency call at 1.55 am regarding a fire in Loyd Informal Settlement, in Driftsands. According to Carelse, when firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire on the corner of Symphony Way and Govan Mbeki, they found several informal structures alight but managed to contain and extinguish the blaze by 3.26 am. ” Three informal structures were destroyed and the bodies of two women, aged 26 and 17 years old, were discovered among the debris, ” Carelse said.
The Fire Service medics declared both women deceased and the scene was handed over to the South African Police Service. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.
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