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Johannesburg - Over 100 shacks were gutted by fire at the Jumpers informal settlement in Cleveland, east of Johannesburg, the city's emergency management services said on Thursday.
Spokesman Robert Mulaudzi said the blaze began around midday and firefighters were still at work shortly before 2pm.
One person sustained third degree burns.
“He is in a critical condition and has been taken to hospital.”
Two other people were treated for smoke inhalation on the scene.
The cause of the fire was not yet known. Between 200 and 300 people were displaced.