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KZN orphanage fire victims all males - EMS

Of the eight people who died, the majority are children, aged between eight and 17.

FILE: Emergency vehicle. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency services in KwaZulu-Natal say the fire that claimed eight lives at an orphanage in Durban has been extinguished.

Of the eight people who died, the majority are children, aged between eight and 17.

Four others were also rushed to hospital.

The KZN Emergency Services Management's Robert McKenzie said: "The fire has been extinguished. At this stage, reports from the scene indicates that no other victims have been harmed in the fire.

"The fire was in the male section, so all the victims are confirmed to be male at the stage."

The fire broke out at about 2am this morning.

He said that investigations will begin into what caused the fire.

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Social Development, Weziwe Thusi, expressed her shock over the tragedy at the orphanage.

The department's Ncumisa Ndelu said: "The MEC is shocked. We didn't even dream of anything like this ever happening but it happened and everyone is in shock. She's just calling for patience and for the police to be given enough space to do their work."

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