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Man dies in shack fire

A 37-year-old man has lost his life during a shack fire in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

A 37-year-old man has lost his life during a shack fire in Gugulethu.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town man was killed in a shack fire in Gugulethu on Monday.

Zanemvula Mkunqwa was killed when the blaze swept through the Barcelona informal settlement earlier in the day.

Three shacks were gutted in the fire.

Disaster Management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said, "The circumstances around the incident are unclear. The police are investigating the matter."

Meanwhile, firefighters say in the last 24 hours, they have managed to bring several flare-ups under control.

The blaze which broke out a week ago near Clanwilliam, due to lighting, has largely been contained.

The fire claimed a life and destroyed an estimated 24,000 hectares of land.

West Coast Fire Chief Bertus Senekal said they are on high alert.

"There are still ground teams that are monitoring any possible flare-ups. Today, the temperature is expected to reach 41 degrees and very strong winds are expected."