Eight people, including four children, died in a shack fire in Khayelitsha in Cape Town on Monday morning.
Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne said a water tanker and two fire engines were dispatched to the scene at just after 1.30am.
Four shacks had already been destroyed when the firemen arrived and 22 people have been displaced.
Layne said two women, two men, three boys and one girl sustained fatal burns.
He said the cause of the fire is unknown and police were on scene investigating.