Fire lea ves hun­dreds home­less

Weekend Witness - - Ne Ws - RAISA SOOD YAL

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple ha ve been left home­less after a fire ram­paged through the Kennedy Road set tle­ment in Dur ­ ban y es­ter­day.

Res­i­dents tried t o gr ab as much as they c ould when the fir e broke out in the set tle­ment at Clar e E state.

“The cause of the fire is un­cer­tain at the mo­ment but it is most likely a paraf­fin stove or a faulty elec­tri­cal wire,” said EMS spokesper­son Robert McKen­zie.

The Dur­ban fire depart­ment, Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vic es, Metro polic e and S A Po­lice Ser­vic e were on sc ene. Around 100 dwellings were re­port­edly de­stroyed.

The fir e dep art­ment e ven­tu­ally put out the fir e, w hich w as fu­elled b y a strong wind. “… Many of the oc­cu­pants are at w ork and will be c om­ing home to the tr agedy,” said M cKen­zie. No deaths w ere r eported. “The p aramedics ha ve tr eated t wo pa­tients, one a lady in her for­ties, who was treated for burns, while a man was treated for an elec­tri­cal shock,” he said.

Shack­d­weller r ep­re­sen­ta­tive or gan­i­sa­tion, Abahlali baseMjon­dolo Shack­d­wellers, said they were aware of the sit­u­a­tion.

“We will be in t alks with the w ard coun­cil­lor on how to help the fam­i­lies,” said the gr oup’s Zandile N sibande.

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