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Child (1) killed in Gauteng shack fire

The child died of severe burns and smoke inhalation while nearly 1,000 people have been displaced after 120 shacks caught fire in Marlboro, north of Johannesburg.

The Johannesburg emergency management services  say their fire investigation team is looking into what caused the fire. Picture: EMS

JOHANNESBURG – A one-year-old child has been killed from severe burns and smoke inhalation in a fire that left over 1,000 people left displaced when it gutted down 120 shacks in Marlboro, north of Johannesburg.

The incident took place last night and the cause of the fire is not yet known at this stage.

Johannesburg emergency management services (EMS) say their fire investigation team is looking into what caused the fire.

The City's disaster management is also currently working on ensuring that relief is brought to the victims.

EMS is urging residents to be cautious this weekend as the cold front rolls into most parts of Gauteng.

Spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says, “We just want to urge our residents, more especially [those] within our informal settlements throughout the city, to look after their lighting and heating appliances like paraffin stoves, heaters and ‘imbawula’ – not to leave those unattended so that we can be able to prevent fire incidents over the weekend.”