About 1,030 shacks burnt down and 4,000 people were affected after a ‘devastating’ blaze broke out in an informal settlement in Masiphumelele, just off of Kommetjie Road in the south of Cape Town. South African media publisher, Daily Maverick reports that the fire broke out on Thursday afternoon at around 3pm. The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to the “plume of thick black smoke” at around 4pm. The Masiphumelele fire was extinguished on Friday at 1am, according to Jermaine Carelse, the city’s fire and rescue service spokesperson.