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Orange Farm fire survivor traumatised

Five children were killed in a shack fire in Orange Farm on Sunday night.

This 10-year-old survived a deadly fire in Orange Farm which claimed five lives. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A 14-year-old boy, who survived a fire in Orange Farm, says he does not feel lucky at all because his five siblings and cousins died.

The blaze broke out on Sunday night in a shack that was used as a bedroom for the children.

The teenager was traumatised and couldn't speak, but was able to shake his head when asked how he felt about being a survivor.

He simply said, "It's all the same to me. They're all gone."

Four-year-old Mduduzi, six-year-old Nkululeko, seven-year-old Tshepo, eight-year-old Busisiwe and 17-year-old Lilian Magagula were asleep when the fire started.

Investigators are on scene trying to find the cause of the blaze.

Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says, "At this stage, the cause of the fire is still unknown. However, our fire investigating team will be conducting an investigation."

Both survivors will receive counselling.

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