60 shacks gutted in Joburg blaze

2015-06-27 12:50
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Johannesburg - Around 60 shacks have been burnt to the ground in the Mangolongolo informal settlement in Denver, Johannesburg, said the city Emergency Management Services. 

The fire was reported at around noon, said spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi. 

"We are busy putting out the fire but no injuries have been reported," said Mulaudzi.

"It's reported that the fire started after a paraffin stove fell over in one of the shacks."

It was unclear how many people had been displaced due to the incident. 

Mulaudzi said the city's disaster management officials were assessing the situation. 

The blaze came just hours after the EMS expressed concern of possible fires due to the cold weather conditions in Johannesburg. 

"[We] would like to urge communities throughout the city of Joburg to use their heating and lighting appliances like candles, paraffin stoves, [and] heaters safely this weekend to avoid fire incidents," Mulaudzi said earlier on Saturday. 

He said emergency workers would be on high alert, especially for any incidents which may arise in the 180 informal settlements around the city.

Four children had been killed in fire-related incidents around the city this week. 

Two children, both 2 years old, were killed when their crèche in Hillbrow caught fire on Monday. 

Another child, believed to between 6 and 9-years-old was killed in a blaze at Newlands on Tuesday while another child, died in Ivory Park outside Tembisa on Wednesday. 

"[He and] his mother on Wednesday... suffered severe carbon monoxide inhalation while using imbaula [a coal burning brazier]," said Mulaudzi.

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