83 left homeless by shack fires

2013-05-05 09:46

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Johannesburg - About 83 people were left homeless in three separate incidents of shack fires in Johannesburg, firefighters said on Saturday.

In the first incident, 30 people were left homeless when 11 shacks were burnt down in Alexander on Saturday at about 20:00.

Robert Mulaudzi spokesperson for the Johannesburg emergency service said the fire started in one shack on 14 Avenue.

The fire then spread to 10 more shacks.

Mulaudzi said no injuries were reported and disaster management team was on sight to help the displaced families.

In another incident, 13 shacks were destroyed by fire in Malvern Jumpas informal settlement which left 40 people homeless.

Mulaudzi said the fire was reported to the authorities about 22:00.

No injuries were also reported on this incident.

In Diepsloot, seven shacks caught fire about 21:00, leaving 13 people homeless.

"No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is believed to have been an unattended paraffin stove," said Mulaudzi.

"We want to acknowledge the efforts of our community emergency response teams whom we have trained so that they can assist in an emergency before the professionals arrive on scene," he said.

- SAPA
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