Ms Human ony managed to grab her family” s identity documents ,and a few of her children’s things
” This is the biggest fire we have ever had here. My son came to wake me to warn us about the fire around 2.30am. We ost all of our stuff.Last night we sat around a fire outside one of our neighbour’s houses. We had no place to sleep . All we have left is the clothes on our bodies. It all happened so fast. My husband and his freinds are now rebuilding our place ,” Ms Human said
Another resident,Hilda Barbers, said she had at first thought the loud bands in the early mornng houres were gunshots.
Later she learned they had been gas tanks exploding bacause of fire.
“I am very glad that most of us survived the fire, but we have lost everything. I have three children. aged 12, 6, and 3. I don’t know what would have happened to my family if our neighbour did not shout the it was burning. When the gas tanks exploded, it sounded lie gunshots going off. The new place they have allocated to my family and me is too small though. We are five people- my children , boy- friend and i. The small size of the demarcated dwelling they gave us wil mean that we will have to eat , sleep and bath in the same spaace” Ms Barbers said.
Community leader with Mieta Hofstander, with the help of two other residents, sorted out donations of clothing they recieved from the Mustadafin Foundation. These clothes wew distributed to those affected by fire.
ward 46 councillor, Aslam Cassiem , was on the scene shortly after the fire.
Mr. Cassiem and ward 47 councillor and sub-council 11 chairman, Antoniovan der Rheede, assisted residentd after the fire.
The City of Cape Town supplied residents with starter kits to help with the rebuilding.