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Alex residents plead with govt to help after shack fire

Residents there say they had no time to save any of their belongings as the flames spread rapidly in just a few hours.

Residents of Alexandra try to salvage what's left of their belongings after a fire that left at least 120 families homeless and killed a 16-month-old baby boy. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents in Alexandra where a fire ripped through more than 100 shacks are pleading for help from government, saying they're left with only the clothes on their backs.

A 16-month-old baby boy was killed in the blaze on Saturday night.

Simphiwe Chauke was sleeping when the fire broke out.

Residents there say they had no time to save any of their belongings as the flames spread rapidly in just a few hours.

WATCH: Alexandra residents relive scenes of deadly fire

One woman says she ran out of her home, wearing nothing but her underwear.

“I was so afraid, I ran out of my house naked. The clothes I have on right now were given to me by my neighbours.”

She’s pleaded with government for a place to live.

“If government could just help us with a place to stay and food so our children can eat. We have been sleeping out in the cold since Saturday night.”

The local Emergency Services Department has pleaded with people to assist and drop off what they can at the Sandton fire station.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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