Family of 7 die in PE shack fire

It’s unclear what caused this morning’s blaze which gutted a shack in Wells Estate.

FILE: It’s unclear what caused this morning’s blaze which gutted a shack in Wells Estate. Picture: Joburg EMS.

CAPE TOWN - Seven members of the same family including a 10-month-old baby have been killed in a fire in Port Elizabeth.

It's unclear what caused this morning's blaze which gutted a shack in Wells Estate.

The Police's Andre Beetge said, "At this stage it seems like the fire started inside the shack at Wells Estate between 3am this morning and around 3:30am.

"At this point in time it's unknown what the cause of the fire was and we're investigating and we'll be getting the probable of this incident soon."

There has been a rash of deadly shack fires across the country in recent days.

The burnt remains of a 23-year-old man and his mother were found after a shack fire broke out at an informal settlement near Sea Cow Lake Road in Durban overnight.

KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Services said they arrived on the scene in the early hours of the morning to find four shelters in a blaze.

While firefighters managed to contain the fire, at least 12 shacks had been destroyed.

Emergency services' Robert McKenzie said the details surrounding the cause of the incident are being investigated.

"The deceased are believed to a mother and a son. The lady is about 53-years-old and the son about 23. The exact circumstances resulting in the fire are not known at this stage and will be investigated further."

On Sunday, five children died in a shack fire in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, while 45 people have been left homeless following a fire at an informal settlement near Langa, in Cape Town yesterday.