4th victim of Randfontein fire dies

2012-06-07 10:01
The room in which the four victims of a Randfontein house fire were found. (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)

The room in which the four victims of a Randfontein house fire were found. (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - A 14-year-old girl who was rescued from her parents' burning house in Randfontein has died in hospital, bringing the death toll to four, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday.

Adri Jordaan sustained burns to 87% of her body when a fire swept through her family's home on Sunday, killing her sisters Salome, 11, Tanya, 5, and step-brother Armand, 2.

The blaze was thought to have been caused by a candle.

The West Rand District Municipality has admitted that there was inadequate access to water in the area, which meant that the fire brigade had to leave the scene to go and refill their water tanks.

The fire brigade allegedly returned to the burning house half an hour later, by which time it had almost burned to the ground.

Jaco Jordaan, the children's father, told newspaper that he planned to take the municipality to court, "to prevent the same thing from happening to somebody else's family".

According to Jordaan and several witnesses, emergency services were also very slow to respond to calls for help.

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