Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Three killed in Joburg shack fire

Three people, including an eight-year-old boy and his parents, have been killed in a shack fire in Lombardy East, north of Johannesburg.

Malcolm Midgely, the Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson, says the fire started at two this morning at an informal settlement, but firefighters were notified too late. When they arrived at the scene, the shack was completely destroyed and the family had been killed.

Meanwhile, Cofimvaba police in the Eastern Cape are investigating a case of culpable homicide after eight people burnt to death in a shack fire at Nququ Forest Sawmill. - SABC

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