Murder case opened after man accused of starting Alex fire killed in mob attack

A case of murder has been opened following the death of a man accused of starting a shack fire in Alexandra on Thursday night.

It’s understood community members attacked him when the blaze started. He later died in hospital.

READ: Alex fires: 500 homes destroyed, Joburg City calls Ekhurhuleni to assist

At least 600 shacks were destroyed in the blaze. The number of people who have been displaced is still unclear but Gift of the Givers and Emergency Services remain on scene to ensure people are receiving relief aid.

Eyewitness News reporter Ahmed Kajee has more on the story.

Community members say he was involved in a skirmish with a fellow community member, there was a revenge attack from his side last night and that is when he had allegedly set another shack on fire.

Ahmed Kajee, EWN reporter

According to our latest check in with police, no arrests have been made.

Ahmed Kajee, EWN reporter

Meanwhile Gift of the Givers project manager Emily Thomas says they have set up a distribution point to feed residents over the next few days.

She has described the scene has a graveyard.

This morning the reality of the fire set in, people were in tears, they didn't know what to do or where to start. Some people started cleaning up.

Emily Thomas, Gift of the Givers

Thomas says corrugated sheets are needed to rebuild the shacks and has asked for food donations.

She shares how one woman arrived on the scene on Thursday night after having given birth at the Alexandra clinic.

KFC would like to assist the families in whatever way they can.

CSI Manager Andra Ferreira Nel says they will be offering food parcels to 300 families over the next three months.

We want to provide food parcels for the next three months to assist them to get back onto their feet. We will be doing this through one of our biggest beneficiaries, they will be our key point of contact to get these food parcels to the families.

Andra Ferreira Nel, CSI Manager

If you are in Johannesburg and can assist, please drop off your donations at the Sandton Fire station - 140 Lindin Rd, Sandown

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