Alex residents sift through ashy remains following fire

The community, department officials and disaster management are on the scene to help those who have been left homeless by the Tuesday blaze.

More than 60 homes were burned in a fire in the Alexandra township on Tuesday, 4 April 2017. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Alex residents are trying to salvage what they can after a fire that razed more than 60 shacks.

The community, department officials and disaster management are on the scene to help those who have been left homeless by Tuesday's blaze.

The community's ward councillor is pleading with the City of Johannesburg to provide electricity for residents to help avoid illegal connections that often cause fires.

Alexandra residents are sifting through the rubble trying to salvage what they can after the fire which ripped through scores of homes.

Councillor Elizabeth Maseko says this community is often ravaged by fires.

“That fire burnt about 61 shacks but we are still counting how many are there.”

Maseko says she is pleading with the City of Johannesburg to install electricity, saying people are ready to pay for it.

“In Alexandra there is no space. There is no land. There is nothing.”

No one was hurt in the fire.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)