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Woman (51) in critical condition following deadly blaze in Kraaifontein

Investigators say the blaze may have been sparked when a heating device caught alight.

FILE: A burned shack. Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A 51-year-old woman is in a critical condition following a deadly blaze in Kraaifontein.

Six people, including four children, died when a fire broke out in an informal settlement in Wallacedene this week.

Investigators say the blaze may have been sparked when a heating device caught alight.

Wallacedene community members say they were woken by the frantic screams of neighbours alerting them to the fire.

The blaze gutted the single-room home. The woman survived, but remains in intensive care at Tygerberg Hospital.

Meanwhile, relatives of the victims say they are still reeling from the tragedy.

The charred remains of the single-roomed house and mounds of corrugated iron covered in soot are all that remain of last night's fatal fire.

It's eerily quiet along Motlanthe Street as neighbours struggle to process what happened.

The children's uncle, Sydney Kwelesa, said they still don't know what happened.

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