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Shack fires claim 3 lives in WC

In the first incident, a man died when a fire gutted more than a dozen homes in Witsand near Atlantis.

Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Three people including a child have died in separate shack fires in Cape Town.

In the first incident, a man died when a fire gutted more than a dozen homes in Witsand near Atlantis last night.

The blaze also displaced at least 20 people.

Fire crews also responded to Phillipi where a child died after her home caught alight.

The City of Cape Town's Theo Layne says, "During the early hours of this morning we responded to the Witsand informal settlement where several shacks were destroyed. An adult male sustained fatal burns and a female has burns to the neck, face and back."