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North West house fire kills 3

The blaze engulfed a home in Klerksdorp in which a man, woman and child died.

The blaze engulfed a home in Klerksdorp in which a man, woman and child died. Picture: Joburg EMS.

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Paramedics have confirmed three people have died in a fire in Klerksdorp in the North West.

The blaze engulfed a home in Doringkruin and a man a woman and a child died before firefighters could get to them.

ER24 paramedics say they were burnt beyond recognition.

Spokesperson Russell Meiring said, "When we arrived, we found that fire services had already extinguished the blaze. A man, woman and child were found inside the living room of this home. The cause of the fire is not known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations."

ORANGE FARM

On Sunday, five children died in a shack fire in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg.

The fire broke out in a shack the children used as a bedroom.

Two boys managed to escape the blaze.

The mother of the four-year-old boy who died in a fire said she had high hopes for him.

Nthabiseng Magagula said she left her son Mduduzi, in the care of his grandparents while she visited friends in the neighborhood.

She received a call from the grandfather who told her to rush back home.

Magagula said she wishes she had rather died with her little boy.

"This is too painful for me, my boy was beautiful, funny and very intelligent, and now he is gone."

ZANDSPRUIT

Last night 15 shacks were destroyed in a fire in the Zandspruit informal settlement near Honeydew.

No fatalities or injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze is still unknown.

The area where the fire broke out on has been evacuated.

Emergency Management Services (EMS) spokesperson Nana Radebe says most of the people affected have sought refuge with friends and family.

"Our disaster officers will be on scene to assist those who want assistance or want to be moved to a particular place, but most of them resorted to going to friends and relatives."

At the same time, at least 45 people have lost their homes in a shack fire in Langa, Cape Town.

Fire and Rescue Service's Theo Layne said, "Just before midnight we responded an informal settlement fire in Langa where we had 20 structures that were destroyed by fire. No injuries we reported and the cause of the fire in undetermined at this stage.

EMS WARNING

EMS officials say they always have their hands full around the cold season in areas such as Orange Farm.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi has urged community members to practice caution when keeping warm.

"Because people are trying to warm themselves they will use paraffin stoves, candles and so forth. So we expect an increase in terms of the number of fire incidents now."

He has urged parents to refrain from buying cheap products that pose a danger to their lives and their children's lives.

"A challenge in terms of paraffin stoves which are not regulated, they are much cheaper on the market and most of these stoves, if you use them once or twice, they can explode."

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