Appeal to help Phumlani fire victims

Residents of Phumlani Village have been displaced after a fire destroyed 14 structures in the blaze, on Wednesday July 28.

Jermaine Carelse, spokesperson for the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service, said they responded at 9.40am to informal structures alight in Merlin Street, Eagle Park, with fire crews from Ottery, Wynberg, Mitchell’s Plain, Lakeside, Epping and Belhar on the scene.

Several structures were destroyed, leaving a number of persons displaced. The fire was extinguished at 11.23am. He said the cause is unknown.

Charlotte Powell, spokesperson for the City’s Disaster Risk Management, said: “A total of 62 persons were affected – 44 adults , 14 children and four infants. Fourteen structures were destroyed in the blaze.”

If you would like to donate food, clothing and items such as appliances to the victims, contact Rogayba Adams, chairperson of Koellieyatul Ansaar Institute of the Helpers, of New Horizon, on 064 233 0059 or community leader Sidwell Kwebawell on 083 946 6729.