At least 250 people were left homeless when 60 shacks were burned down in Langa, outside Cape Town, on Monday, the Disaster Operations Centre (DOC) said.
Six fire engines were called to the scene and firefighters brought the blaze under control. Two hostels were also partially affected by the fire.
The city of Cape Town will on Tuesday clear up the area to allow the 72 families to recover their valuables.Victims were registered and the housing department would issue building material to affected families. Emergency shelter was arranged at the Langa Civic Centre.
The cause of the fire was unknown, the DOC said. - Sapa