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11.06.2016 South Africa

Eight die in South Africa fire tragedy

By AFP
Mitchells Plain is one of South Africa's largest townships.  By Gianluigi Guercia (AFP/File)
LISTEN JUN 11, 2016
Mitchells Plain is one of South Africa's largest townships. By Gianluigi Guercia (AFP/File)

Johannesburg (AFP) - Eight people including three children died on Saturday in a house fire in South Africa's Cape Town city, a spokeswoman for local firefighters said.

"A house fire broke broke out before nine (am) this morning. The fire left eight people deceased and five people were taken to hospital for serious injuries," Liezl Moodie told AFP, adding that three of the dead were minors.

The cause of the blaze in Mitchells Plain, one of the country's largest townships, was not immediately clear.

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