A community organisation has stepped in to help 26 people left destitute after a fire razed the Korsten block of flats they were staying in.
The victims of the Curtis Road blaze gathered in the Jarmen Hall yesterday to receive food and clothes from the Korsten/Schauderville/Backyarders Organisation.
The organisation’s spokesman, Edward Camealio, said the initiative had been taken in support of Ward 11 councillor Abraham Isaacs and in the belief that residents must take an active part in tackling problems affecting them.
“We believe . . . we must bring change forward ourselves,” Camealio said.
“We engage not only after disasters like this but also with community development and social and crime issues like gangsterism.
“There is no clarity yet on what sparked the fire, but residents are blaming it on faulty wiring.”
The victims were set to spend their third night last night sleeping in Isaacs’s office.
“We will be trying to engage with the department of human settlements to try to get these people some shelter,” Camealio said.
The residents include people from other African countries.
“Our hope is that the municipality will help support them until they are back on their feet,” he said.
“We are also hoping to get Home Affairs to help them as all their documentation was burnt in the fire.”