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Police rule out possibility of finding new bodies in PTA shack fire rubble

Approximately 300 homes were gutted overnight when a fire spread through the settlement.

A command center has been set up outside the Plastic View informal settlement with SAPS, EMS and Department of Social Development on scene after a deadly shack fire.Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

PRETORIA - Police at the Plastic View informal settlement in Pretoria say, for now, they are ruling out the possibility of finding more bodies or remains after a deadly shack fire.

Approximately 300 homes were gutted overnight when a fire spread through the settlement.

Officials say 1,500 people are now homeless.

The police's Andrew Lesch says officials have thoroughly searched the informal settlement to find those killed or injured in last night's fire.

"We've searched the premises properly and we couldn't find anything. So at this stage, we are satisfied that it's only the five people [killed]. There's always a possibility, there's metal and everything there in the area."

Officials believe the blaze was started by a candle that fell over.

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