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Five members of same family killed in shack fire

Tshwane emergency services say five people have been killed in a shack fire at the Lusaka Informal Settlement in Mamelodi.

Picture: Pixabay.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane emergency services say five people have been killed in a shack fire at the Lusaka Informal Settlement in Mamelodi.

The deceased, aged between one and 35, are members the same family, who were all asleep during the incident in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Authorities say they were burnt beyond recognition.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Emergency services say after extinguishing the fire, they found an exploded gas cylinder in the wreckage.

Emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said: “After searching underneath the corrugated iron we found the five bodies, of which two were children. We have not identified the victims as they were burnt beyond recognition.”