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Despair as Alexandra shack fire victims rebuild

More than 40 people have been left homeless after Tuesday’s shack fires in Alexandra and Soweto.

Alexandra residents rebuild after 20 shacks caught fire. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Alexandra residents who have lost all their belongings in a shack fire say they're disappointed with irresponsible neighbours who've left heating devices unattended during the cold front.

More than 40 people have been left homeless after Tuesday’s shack fires in Alexandra and Soweto.

WATCH: 20 Alex shacks destroyed in fire

Constance Ndlovu stood in her burnt-out shack surrounded by the charred remains of her possessions. She lost everything in the blaze, but she's most concerned about her son's school uniform which also caught fire.

“I’m not crying for everything I lost, only for my child to go back to school and I’m not working.”

This Mozambican woman who is heavily pregnant says all her documents were burnt in the blaze.

“My passport was burned… all my money and everything for the baby.”

Residents are now trying to rebuild their shacks, hoping their shelters will be up before the cold snap ends.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)