29 May 2020
Trauma counselling and relief aid operations have begun in Chicago, Paarl East, in the Western Cape today following a fire that claimed the lives of six people. Two men, a woman and three children died in the blaze that destroyed one informal structure while damaging others, including an adjoining block of flats.
The fire was extinguished this morning by Drakenstein Municipality Fire Services. Trauma counsellors will remain on the scene to assist the bereaved family while an emergency services chaplain has counselled affected firefighters.
Building control officials of the Municipality have conducted a structural assessment of the damaged flats and repair work is set to begin next week. The clean-up operation of the debris will also commence next week and building starter kits will be provided. Meanwhile relief aid has been provided to those who lost clothing and food.
Earlier today Alderman Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality, offered his condolences to the family and friends of the victims, and assured those affected that the Municipality would do everything within its mandate to assist them. He said this tragedy has shaken the entire community.
Executive Mayor Poole also thanked the emergency teams for their rapid response which undoubtedly prevented further loss of life. Members of the public who wish to assist those who lost their possessions in the fire can drop off donations at the Fire Station in Berg River Boulevard, Paarl.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is still underway.
Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality