A devastating fire in Blue Skye informal settlement, Boksburg, has displaced several residents after more than 50 shacks were destroyed in the early hours of October 25.
The City of Ekurhuleni’s Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) spokesperson, William Ntladi, reported receiving a call about a multiple shack fire at 01:35.
Firefighters from Boksburg and Germiston Central Fire Station quickly responded to the emergency, with additional resources requested due to the visible flames from a distance. Water tankers were also brought in to assist with water shuttling.
Several fire stations, including Brakpan, Wadeville, and Thokoza, responded to the backup call. The incident saw six fire engines and 24 firefighters working to contain the flames.
The intense wind made it challenging to control the fire, affecting other nearby formal structures and shacks. Despite these challenges, there were reports of casualties. DEMS from the city came to the scene to provide disaster relief.
The cause is under investigation. Initial reports suggest that an unmonitored lit candle may have ignited the blaze.
Community members affected by the fire expressed their distress over their losses. Many lost their possessions, including transport money, food, and clothes. Some children lost their school uniforms. They are now unable to attend school.
Residents need assistance, including:
- clothing, and
Donations are being sought to help the community during this difficult time. Ward 32 Clr Marius de Vos is available at 081 524 6950 for those willing to contribute.
De Vos, a community leader, stressed the urgent need for assistance, describing the informal settlement as a death trap. He called on local government authorities to accommodate residents who qualify for the Leeuwpoort Housing Project. This tragic incident occurred nearly a month after 25 families lost their homes and belongings in a fire in the Angelo informal settlement.
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