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Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve fire death toll rises to 6

The Agriculture and Rural Development’s Roleta Lebelo says five people died in hospital yesterday.

FILE: Firefighters battle a blaze. Picture: @vwsfires via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The death toll from a fire which broke out at a nature reserve in near Heidelberg earlier this week has risen to six.

It is understood the blaze broke out at a wagon ranch farm on Monday and moved to the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve due to strong winds.

A woman who had been cutting savanna grass, which is used for thatch roofing, died at the scene and eight others were rushed to hospital.

The Agriculture and Rural Development's Roleta Lebelo says five people died in hospital yesterday.