Three people killed in fires

Two people died in a shack fire in TR Section, Khayelitsha yesterday.

The City’s Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The fire was extinguished at 4:17am and upon clearing the debris, the bodies of a man and woman were discovered.

The scene was handed over to police for an investigation.

In another incident, a man died in a fire in the Europa Informal Settlement in Gugulethu this morning.

The fire destroyed 12 structures leaving 50 people displaced.

Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson, Jermaine Carelse, said: “A total of six firefighting appliances, a rescue vehicle and 26 staff members managed to contain and extinguish the fire at 1:45am.”

Disaster management officials are on site to conduct damage assessments.

Informal settlement management is also on scene and will provide the residents with starter kits to rebuild once the Solid Waste Management Department has removed the debris.