70 homeless after Alex blaze

2011-08-16 10:13
Johannesburg - Seventy people were left homeless when a fire broke out at an informal settlement in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg on Tuesday, Johannesburg emergency services said.

Spokesperson Percy Morokane said 35 shacks burnt down when the fire broke out at around 01:00.

Preliminary reports indicated that one shack caught fire when a two plate stove was left unattended, and the fire spread to other shacks.

"Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire after 04:00," he said.

No injuries were reported.

"The disaster management of the city is assessing the situation and offering help to all affected people."

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