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Man killed in Eastern Cape shack fire

An overturned candle is thought to have caused the deadly fire at the Silvertown informal settlement last night.

Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - A man has burnt to death in a shack fire in Butterworth. An overturned candle is thought to have caused the deadly fire at the Silvertown informal settlement last night.

The police's Jackson Manatha says the 58-year-old was unable to escape his shack and died on the scene.

“We suspect that the candle might have caused the fire because that area has no electricity. And hence we opened an inquest docket because at this point we are not suspecting any foul play.”