Orange Farm shack fire kills five children

The victims, aged between 4 and 17, suffered smoke inhalation and died as a result.

The shack that used to house five children who were killed in a fire in Orange Farm on 9 August 2015. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Five children have been killed in a shack fire in Orange Farm.

Johannesburg Emergency Service (EMS) have confirmed the blaze broke out late last night in Ematsheni and then spread to other shacks.

The victims, aged between 4 and 17, suffered smoke inhalation and died as a result.

The family of the victims say they are devastated, shocked and heartbroken.

Two boys, aged 10 and 14, survived the blaze.

Smoke still hangs in the air as horrified neighbours and family members inspect what's left of the shack that used to be the bedroom.

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 a fire broke out.

Sphiwe and Gift Magagula managed to escape with only minor injuries and will go for counselling.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says all five were declared dead on the scene.

"One of the shacks caught fire and in the process, five children unfortunately lost their lives."

It's understood the three boys and two girls were part of the same family.

Mulaudzi added, "The cause of the fire at this stage is still unknown. Our fire investigating team will however be investigating it."

#OrangeFarmFire one of the surviving children. Aged 10. Sustained burn wound to arm. MR pic.twitter.com/ykVORV1If1

#OrangeFarmFire the shack that used to house 5 children who were killed in a fire last night. MR pic.twitter.com/HGNx20IUv4