Alex res­i­dents flee in­ferno

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A FIRE swept through part of Alexan­dra town­ship in Joburg yes­ter­day, de­stroy­ing more than 500 struc­tures, mostly shacks.

Shocked res­i­dents ar­rived from work to find their homes and be­long­ings burnt to ashes.

The fire depart­ment bat­tled to put out the flames in the area ow­ing to the lack of fire hy­drants.

Joburg Emer­gency Ser­vices spokesper­son Nana Radebe said it was dif­fi­cult to con­tain the rag­ing flames in such con­di­tions.

“There are no hy­drants here be­cause peo­ple built on top of them. It is now mak­ing the job of the fire­fight­ers dif­fi­cult,” she said.

Scores of fam­i­lies were left home­less, with some scram­bling to save their be­long­ings.

It’s not clear what started the in­ferno, which be­gan at the cor­ner of Lon­don Road and 18th Av­enue. No fa­tal­i­ties and in­juries were re­ported.

Radebe urged those want­ing to as­sist to drop off food and clothes at the Sand­ton and Alexan­dra fire sta­tions.

| Staff Re­porter

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