Fire starter blames load shedding for Franschhoek shack blaze

Residents of Langrug informal settlement in Franschhoek salvage building material after a shack fire left 68 households homeless on Saturday. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.

The fire broke out at around 5.30pm, and had destroyed around 70 structures before eight fire engines and a helicopter brought the fire under control, a Stellenbosch municipality report read.