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200 homeless following shack fire

At least 200 people have been left destitute following a shack fire at the Kya Sands informal settlement.

At least 50 shacks were burnt to the ground on Friday 23 August when a fire broke out at the Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG - At least 200 people have been left destitute following a shack fire at the Kya Sands informal settlement in Northern Johannesburg.

Authorities say the blaze broke out in one of the shacks in the early hours of Sunday morning, destroying about 70 shacks.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear.

Johannesburg emergency service’s Robert Mulaudzi says, “About 70 shacks were destroyed. There were no injuries reported.”

Meanwhile, a ward councillor in the area has appealed to the public to provide the victims with some sort of aid.

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