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200 displaced, 1 dead in Clay Oven shack fire

Three people suffered smoke inhalation in Saturday morning's blaze near Witkoppen Road in Midrand.

Around 200 shack dwellers have been left homeless after a fire in the Clay Oven Informal Settlement which killed one person. Picture: Twitter/@RobertMulaudzi

JOHANNESBURG – Joburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) say around 200 shack dwellers have been left homeless after a fire in the Clay Oven informal settlement which killed one person.

Three people suffered smoke inhalation in Saturday morning's blaze near Witkoppen Road in Midrand.

It's claimed the fire was started deliberately, during a domestic dispute.

Disaster management officials are providing relief for displaced people.

EMS' Robert Mulaudzi said: “Eighty shacks were destroyed by the fire incident leaving about 200 people displaced. One male patient was confirmed dead on the scene and the other three patients were treated for smoke inhalation.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)