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Nine die in South Africa fire tragedy

Published on 11/06/2016

Nine people including three children died on Saturday in a house fire in the South African city of Cape Town, a spokeswoman for local firefighters said.

“A house fire broke broke out before nine (am) this morning,” Liezl Moodie told AFP, saying three of the dead were minors, including an infant.

Earlier she had told AFP that eight had died, but said one more death had been reported.

“Now there are nine people deceased,” she said without details on the ninth death, but saying four remain in hospital with serious injuries.

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

President Jacob Zuma said in a statement he was “deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy.”