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17 shacks gutted in Alexandra fire

Emergency services says an investigation will now be launched to determine what caused the blaze.

17 shacks were destroyed during ablaze in Alexandra on Friday 13 November 2015. Picture: ER24EMS via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Emergency Services say 17 shacks in Alexandra have been destroyed in a blaze that broke out in the township this afternoon.

#ER24 #paramedics, along with #Fire Services, are on scene at the informal settlement #fire in #Alexandra. pic.twitter.com/FX7m3GqI8y

Earlier this week, hundreds more shacks were destroyed in a fire in Kya Sand.

Emergency services Nana Radebe says an investigation will now be launched to determine what caused the latest blaze.

"We have about 17 shacks that were gutted but we've managed to contain the fire. Everything is under control. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities reported."

Relief organisation, Gift of the Givers, is meanwhile on site in Alexandra to assist the 50 families with food and blankets before night falls.

The Gift of the Givers' Saadiq Natha said, "We've prepared hygiene packs and blankets to give out tonight. When we meet with the resident, we'll have another discussion to see how we can further assist."