Man dies in fire

2017-02-20 15:49

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A 39-year-old man died in a fire in the early hours of this morning (Monday 20 February).

Steenberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer John Bartlett says police officers attended to a complaint of a house on fire at Ensor Street, Cafda, Retreat.

“On their arrival at the scene they saw a bungalow at the back of the house that was on fire. After the fire department arrived on scene, they extinguished the fire and discovered the remains of the 39-year-old deceased, Norman Davids. It is alleged that a candle is the cause of the fire as there is no electricity supply to the bungalow,” says Bartlett.

He says according to a witness statement it is alleged that the deceased and four friends were smoking drugs when two left to purchase more drugs.

Smoke overwhelmed the two people in the bungalow, but of of them managed to escape through the roof, Bartlett says. "She tried to open the door from the outside after escaping, but was unsuccessful. The neighbours and other people from the street assisted her until the fire department arrived.”

Steenberg police has opened an inquest docket and anyone with further information are requested to contact Warrant Officer Valin van Aarde at 
021 702 9064. 

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