Swakop fire destroys shacks and church

Moer than 40 shacks already destroyed this year
More people were left homeless on Thursday in Swakopmund after a fire destroyed a dozen shacks.
Adam Hartman
An informal church building and a dozen shacks burned down in the DRC informal settlement on Thursday – less than a week after 13 shacks burned down in the same area.

Fortunately there were no deaths, but several people had to be treated for shock and smoke inhalation.

Erongo police spokesperson, Inspector Ileni Shapumba said that the fire allegedly started in a ‘store’room’of a shacks, and spread quickly – the east wind ‘fueling’the spread of the flames.

The local fire brigade managed to assist some save their belongings but others lost everything.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

“This is a problem that needs to be solved,” he said.

He said that as officers who respond to the fire for the purpose of investigation and other police functions, the police is “gravely concerned” about the number of fire reports in Swakopmund – the DRC Informal settlement in particular.

“Details pertaining to causes of these incidents that we record almost every week remain sketchy,” he said.

He urged the communities to take extra care when handling fire causing substances; not to leave fire unattended, avoid illegal connections; and make sure that all candles are set off after use.

he also requested the community to provide the police with any information that could be contributing to the causes of fire.