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Man accused of starting Alex fire dies

It is understood that community members attacked the man when the blaze started on Thursday night.

Residents gather their belongings at the scene where a fire broke out at the Alexandra informal settlement on 6 December 2018. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The man accused of starting a fire in Alexandra township that has left hundreds of people homeless has died in hospital.

It is understood that community members attacked the man when the blaze started on Thursday night.

At least 500 shacks were gutted in the blaze.

The police's Mavela Masondo says that a case of murder has now been opened.

"Initially we opened a case of attempted murder but now we are changing it to murder. We are still appealing to the community... to those that witnessed the incident to please come forward and give us information or give us a statement."

VIDEO: Alexandra fire leaves hundreds displaced

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