Durban – The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday said it was saddened by the tragic deaths of eight youngsters who were killed when a fire gutted the Lakehaven Child and Youth Care Centre in Sea Cow Lake.A total of eight people - between the ages of 7 and 19 - have reportedly been killed.KwaZulu-Natal department of social development spokesperson Ncumisa Ndelu told reporters that 18 people, including two child minders, had been asleep inside a cottage when it caught fire.ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said: "Our prayers remain with the bereaved families, and we ask that God grant them strength and resilience as they face these difficult times."The party said an account should be created for donations to be made in support of the affected families and to assist the centre. "We are all shattered by the loss of lives. As the ANC we stand in solidarity with the families and the community during this challenging time and we are ready to assist, in any way possible, with efforts to restore normalcy and assist all affected to rebuild their lives."The Inkatha Freedom Party said a thorough investigation into what caused the fire should be conducted.Provincial health spokesperson Ncamisile Nkwanyana said: "In order to prevent such tragedies, it is very important that the probe is undertaken to ascertain the cause of the fire."Nkwanyana said those charged with the safety and protection of vulnerable children should ensure that they were safe at all times."Safety measures must be in place and all electrical appliances and infrastructure needs to be maintained in keeping with safety requirements," she said.