Durban orphanage cordoned off after blaze claims 8 lives

2016-07-14 08:40
The outside of the facility where the fire occurred. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

The outside of the facility where the fire occurred. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - Police and security personnel held a tight cordon outside the Lakehaven Child and Youthcare centre in Sea Cow Lake on Thursday morning after a fire claimed the lives of eight people, most of them children. 

High ranking officials from the eThekwini Fire Service entered the orphanage and joined evidence recovery technicians from the SA Police Service. 

KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Services said earlier that some of the children were as young as 8-years-old. 

Four other people were injured and hospitalised.

KZN EMS said it received the call about the fire at about 02:24 on Thursday morning.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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