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Johannesburg shack fire claims a life

Officials say at least 14 shacks were destroyed by the blaze at the informal settlement.

FILE: It’s alleged the fire was sparked by a stove that was left unattended. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A man has burnt to death after his shack caught fire in Wynberg in northern Johannesburg on Sunday.

Officials say at least 14 shacks were destroyed by the blaze at the informal settlement.

It's alleged the fire was sparked by a stove that was left unattended.

Johannesburg Emergency Service's Robert Mulaudzi says, "One shack caught fire, one male died. He was burnt beyond recognition."

About 15 shacks were destroyed on Saturday following a fire at Msawawa informal settlement in Kya Sands in northern Johannesburg.