Fire vic­tims re­build shacks

The New Age (Gauteng) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - SI­BONGISENI MAPHUMULO si­bongsenim@the­newage

VIC­TIMS of a fire that de­stroyed their homes in the Kennedy Road in­for­mal set­tle­ment this week have be­gun re­build­ing their shacks.

Around 80 fam­i­lies were left des­ti­tute by the in­ferno that tore through the shack land in the early hours of Tues­day.

Some of the res­i­dents who had been away on hol­i­day at the time of the in­ci­dent, re­turned to find them­selves home­less af­ter be­ing made aware of the dis­as­ter by friends and neigh­bours.

Shack dweller Nomthandazo Biyela said the fire ap­peared to have been caused by an unat­tended can­dle.

“Peo­ple get drunk at Christ­mas and leave things unat­tended. We are lucky that this time no­body was in­jured in the blase. This hap­pens too of­ten around this time of the year,” Biyela said.

The eThek­wini mu­nic­i­pal­ity says it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the fire.

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Tozi Mthethwa said dis­as­ter man­age­ment unit of­fi­cials had been dis­patched to the in­for­mal set­tle­ment to con­duct a proper as­sess­ment with the hope that most of the own­ers would have re­turned from hol­i­day.

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