Johannesburg - Three children burnt to death inside a shack in Kroonstad, paramedics said on Sunday.

“The children, aged 11, eight and seven, tragically died in a shack fire at the Kroonstad Snake Park last night (Saturday),” said Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha.

He said the children had been using a Primus stove for heating.

Paramedics and the fire department arrived at the scene and found the shack totally engulfed in flames.

“After the fire was extinguished they found the children, a girl and two boys, had burned to death,” Botha said. - Sapa