Fire destroys 50 shacks

2010-09-13 18:10

Johannesburg - Fifty shacks were destroyed when a fire broke out at the Kya Sands informal settlement near Bloubosrand, north of Johannesburg on Monday, the city's emergency services said.

Johannesburg emergency services' spokesperson Nana Radebe said a man trying to douse the flames had his right hand burnt. He suffered minor burns and was taken to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

"Firemen are battling the fire, the fire will be extinguished in no time."

The cause was not immediately known. Three fire engines were sent to the area.