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Zandspruit shack fires displace 20 people

Johannesburg EMS officials say 12 shacks were destroyed in the blaze that was reported at around 6am.

FILE: Investigations have begun into the cause of the blaze which has since been extinguished. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - More than 20 people have been displaced following a fire in the Zandspruit informal settlement this morning.

Johannesburg Emergency Services officials (EMS) say 12 shacks were destroyed in the blaze that was reported at around 6am.

Investigations have begun into the cause of the fire which has since been extinguished.

Officials say no injuries or fatalities have been reported.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi has called on members of the public to use heating appliances with caution.

"We want our communities to look after their heating and lighting appliances like paraffin stoves and candles, to avoid fire incidences like this one."