Elderly woman dies, over 100 left homeless in Joburg shack fire

Shack fire. (Netcare 911, file)
Shack fire. (Netcare 911, file)

An elderly woman has died and over 100 people have been left homeless after a fire broke out in the Denver informal settlement near Jeppe, the City of Johannesburg's Emergency Management Services said on Sunday.

The body of a woman in her early 80s was found after fire-fighting efforts were completed, said the service's spokesperson Nana Radebe in a statement.

About 100 shacks were burnt out in the fire on Saturday night.

Radebe said that the fire was alleged to have started when a couple was fighting and - during the altercation - a candle tipped over.

By Sunday at 12:00, the disaster management officials had registered 112 affected people for whom assistance was being provided.

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