Three killed in Joburg shack fires

Three people lost their lives in separate fires in Johannesburg’s east rand on Sunday.

Khayelitsha residents rebuild their shacks following a shack fire on 1 July 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Three people were killed in separate fires in the east rand on Sunday.

The emergency service's Rogers Mamaila said officials attended to shack fires in Germiston and Alberton, as well as a blaze at a hostel in Boksburg.

Mamaila said while one of the fires was caused by a paraffin stove, the cause of the other two is still not yet known.

"A man lost his life when his shack caught fire and the other incident happened in Vosloorus."

Meanwhile, a faulty gas heater caused a fire at Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa's Rretoria home but no one was injured.

Mayoral spokesperson Pieter de Necker said the blaze resulted in minor damages and that no foul play is suspected.

He said Ramokgopa was at home when the fire broke out on Sunday morning.

"Security personnel noticed a smoke coming from one of the rooms. They went to investigate and quickly managed to extinguish the fire."