Charred kids found holding each other

2011-10-17 08:17
Cape Town - Three young children who burned to death when their home caught fire in Nyanga outside Cape Town over the weekend were found holding each other in a cupboard.

Eyewitness News
reported that the incident happened on Saturday night.

The children’s great-grandmother apparently tried to put out the fire but her attempts were in vain.

The charred bodies of Siphelo Mbiko, 6, Mbali Mbiko, 4, and Liko Mbiko, 3, were found in a cupboard where they were holding one another, apparently to escape from the flames.

"I tried to save them, but I couldn't. I couldn't do anything. I just heard them screaming," Jessica Mbiko, 85, told the Cape Times.

Police officials did not have more detail about the fire and how it started, but believe it was caused by an electrical fault.

A police spokesperson said the cause of the fire would be investigated and that inquest dockets had been opened.

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