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Gauteng firefighters battle shack fire at Claremont informal settlement

Fire trucks have been dispatched and officials are on the scene trying to extinguish the blaze.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – About 50 shacks are on fire in the Kathrada informal settlement in Claremont.

Fire trucks have been dispatched and officials are on the scene trying to extinguish the blaze.

Emergency Management Services’ Robert Mulaudzi says: “About 50 shacks are reported to have been affected by this fire incident.

“At this stage, there are no injuries or fatalities which have been reported, however, we just want to encourage all our residents throughout the city’s 189 informal settlements to look for all the heating devices.”

Joburg Emergency Services have managed to extinguish a blaze that's destroyed more than 50 shacks in Claremont.

The cause of the early morning fire is not yet known but city officials are gathering evidence on the scene.

It’s understood the blaze broke out at about 4:3 am this morning.

Mulaudzi says more than 120 people are now homeless.

“As EMS officials, we will be assisting with relief in terms of food parcels, blankets and the other things to assist affected families.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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