CT boy dies in shack fire

An 18-month-old disabled boy has died in a shack fire in Grassy Park.

FILE: An 18-month-old disabled boy has died in a shack fire in Grassy Park. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - An 18-month-old disabled boy has died in a shack fire in Grassy Park.

Seven people were left homeless in the Phumlani Village informal settlement when the blaze ripped through several shacks on Sunday night.

The City of Cape Town says the boy's mother has been arrested and is in custody at the Grassy Park Police Station.

Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons Johannes says, "The cause of the fire remains unclear. The police have opened an inquest docket."

Meanwhile, a Cape Town professor has written to the City of Cape Town asking it to find solutions to stop shack fires.

Several people have lost their lives in shack fires in the last few months.