Woman, child die in shack blaze

2010-10-23 07:26

A woman and her child had burnt to death in a shack fire at an informal settlement in Denver, south of Johannesburg, the City Emergency Service said today.

Spokesperson Percy Morokane said a man allegedly set his shack on fire after he had an argument with his wife after midnight.

The wife and two children were inside.

“The body of the wife and one child were burnt beyond recognition,” he said.

The second child could not be found.

“Forensic investigators are at the scene to determined whether the child burnt or survived the fire.”

The man run away after he had set fire to the shack.

Seventy shacks were destroyed and more than a hundred people were displaced as result of the fire.

Morokane said the disaster management team would be at the informal settlement to provide relief and assess the situation.

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