Monday, August 10, 2015

Orange Farm shack fire kills five children

Loyiso Langeni
10 August 2015

A shack fire in Orange Farm has killed 5 children. Johannesburg Emergency Services have confirmed the blaze broke out late last night in Ematsheni and then spread to other shacks.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the three boys and two girls, between the ages of 4 and 17 suffered smoke inhalation and died as a result.  

Mulaudzi added all the children were confirmed dead on the scene.

‘It is not clear what started blaze, however fire investigators will be investigating the cause of the fire” Mulaudzi said.

He urged communities, especially communities in the informal settlements, to be very careful with their heating and lighting such as candles and paraffin stoves, and to not leave them unattended.



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