Fire Sweeps Through Poor Settlements Displacing Thousands

JOHANNESBURG (January 1, 2013)--South African media were reporting Tuesday that three people died and 4,000 were displaced when fires swept through shacks in poor settlements in the Cape Town area on New Year's Day.

Citing disaster management officials, the South African Press Association said the fires broke out in Khayelitsha and Thembeni, densely populated areas where many residents live in makeshift homes.

The worst fire started just before 5 a.m. in Khayelitsha, when many people were still asleep.

Three people died, and another suffered serious burns and was taken to a hospital.

The causes of the fires are under investigation.


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