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3 children die in Bekkersdal shack fire

The incident happened at the Spooktown informal settlement in Bekkersdal.

FILE: The remains of shack following a fire. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Three children died on Tuesday night when the shack they were sleeping in caught alight.

The incident happened at the Spooktown informal settlement in Bekkersdal.

The three children were aged between 2 and 11.

According to a police report, the children's mother was sleeping in a seperate room with her youngest child when the fire started. She managed to escape from the burning shack.

Two of the children died on the scene while the third was rushed to the Bekkersdal EMS where he died.

Police have opened an inquest into the incident.