News of fires are rife within the Western Cape, and a blaze that sprang up in Vrygrond – near Muizenberg – has left more than 120 families homeless. Reports from the City of Cape Town say that the fire started at approximately 5.30pm on Thursday, and has caused such devastation that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been called in to provide humanitarian aid.

“They [City disaster relief services] are still busy with assessments in conjunction with other City services… we have already alerted Sassa (South African Social Security Agency),” Charlotte Powell, City of Cape Town Disaster Management spokesperson, said to News24.

Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson, Theo Layne, confirmed that four water tankers, 12 fire engines and 68 firefighters were deployed to fight the inferno.

 

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She enjoys reading the works of Stephen King, and exploring the beauty of Cape Town and its surrounds.