Over 100 families displaced in Msawawa shack fire

Some have gathered around beds and couches and are crying after their homes were completely ravaged.

A fire rips through the Msawawa informal settlement in the Kya Sand area north-west of Johannesburg on 11 November 2015. Picture: IWN.

JOHANNESBURG - At least 100 families have been left homeless in Kya Sand this afternoon after a massive fire in the Msawawa informal settlement.

The blaze broke out shortly before 2pm and, fanned by strong winds, spread quickly through the community gutting one shack after another.

#KyaSandFire Residents have started moving their belongings into the shacks that weren't ravaged in the fire. EC pic.twitter.com/Otu2mkDYOy

Residents formed a line from the nearby Jukskei River where they passed buckets of water to each other in a bid to help firefighters extinguish the blaze.

Kya Sand residents started moving their belongings into the shacks that weren't ravaged in the fire.

#KyaSandFire The water chain is working. The fire is slowly dying. EC pic.twitter.com/nyAPICx4KA

#KyaSandFire Residents look on while others help firefighters. EC pic.twitter.com/WiBIr666CR

Some have since gathered around beds and couches, crying after their homes were completely ravaged.

#KyaSandFire Residents here say they have no idea where their young children will sleep tonight. EC pic.twitter.com/U0q2RmIE4m

Other residents continue to douse the smaller flames with buckets of water.

This woman says she was out with her brother when she came home to find her shack on fire.

"I found my shack was already burnt and I didn't even take anything."

#KyaSandFire Residents are now for sing a water line from the Jukskei river. EC pic.twitter.com/veJYhxAH4Y

Emergency services remain on the scene as the smoke hangs over the informal settlement.

At the same time, hundreds of residents say they are stranded with nowhere to sleep tonight.

Residents, together with firefighters, managed to extinguish the fire but they say they have no idea where their young children will sleep tonight.

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Many sit with the few belongings they managed to salvage from the fire, saying businesses have been burnt to the ground with money still inside.

It is still too hot to enter some parts of informal settlement where smaller fires continue to burn.

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Meanwhile, Gift of the Givers says it will be assisting those displaced by this fire with relief aid.

The group's Imtiaz Sooliman says, "Blankets, food, clothing, bottled water, utensils for cooking and baby clothes. In fact we've already dispatched a car there right now."

Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.