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Two killed in Soweto shack fire

Two teenagers died in a shack fire at the Snake Park Informal Settlement in Soweto.

File Picture: Aftermath of a shck fire. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two teenagers were killed in a shack fire at the Snake Park Informal Settlement in Soweto on Sunday.

Rescue workers arrived at the scene at around 11pm and immediately began battling the flames.

Johannesburg Emergency Management Services spokesperson Synock Matebako said paramedics entered the shack once the fire was extinguished.

He said a badly burnt girl was found lying close to the door, while a teenage boy laid near her.

The cause of the blaze had not yet been established.

Residents claim there was a power outage in the area hours before the fire and it is suspected the fire may have been started by an appliance or an unattended open flame in the shack.