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Mom and child killed in shack fire

Western Cape authorities are still trying to find the victims’ next of kin following the incident.

Western Cape authorities are still trying to find the victims’ next of kin following the fire. Picture: sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape authorities are investigating a shack fire which killed a mother and her child in Langa.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Disaster management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says officials are now looking for the family of the deceased.

"Disaster management will be assessing the damages and also to find the next of kin of the victims."

In another incident, a fire which broke out at an Elsies River building has left several people homeless.

Disaster management says the building suffered structural damage but no one was injured.

In July, a man lost his life during a shack in Khayelitsha.

Firefighters found the body of the 33-year-old in the rubble.

The fire destroyed two shacks and left three people homeless.