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Fire victims receive food parcels

Fire victims receive food parcels

Ward 46 fire victims received food parcels on Thursday 8 February from the Buffalo City Metro to give them moral support after fire engulfed their shacks.

Speaking about the incidence Ward 46 Councillor Nceba Kilimani said, “The incident happened in Orange Groove informal settlement near East London Airport on Monday 5 February in the afternoon.”

“At least 27 families from Orange Groove are left without homes primarily due to illegal connections,” said Kilimani.

“However, the City has organised temporary place for the victims to stay in the meantime whilst trying to resolve this tragedy,” he said.

“The Buffalo City firefighters arrived at the scene and tried their best to help but the fire was uncontrollable, it was too late to save the shacks,” he added.

A resident from Orange Groove, Nomfuneko Tukutezi, “The way the shack was burning, it was as if there was fuel around the shack. Everyone was panicking outside thinking of those who are inside and their valuables.”

“It was hard to watch the fire destroying our homes knowing that some of us are not working and underprivileged and won’t be able to replace what we had, we were helpless next to our shacks,” said Tukutezi.

“I’m happy that our municipality came to our rescue when we needed help. It’s not easy to come to terms with the reality of losing everything we had all at once,” she said.



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