Children injured in Jeppestown blaze

2015-06-26 07:04


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Johannesburg- A 7-month-old baby is among four people who were injured following a fire in Jeppestown, Johannesburg paramedics said.

The incident happened at a flat on Thursday evening, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.

"ER24 paramedics were called to the scene by fire services where they found four patients being treated by the firefighters,” said Meiring.

"On assessment, paramedics found that three male children aged 7, 2, and 7-months and the 32-year-old mother had sustained minor burns as well as smoke inhalation," he said.

The four were treated on scene before being transported to the Johannesburg General Hospital.

The cause of the fire was unclear.

Several fires

This was one of several fires around the country which have resulted in children being injured or killed.

On Monday, two children, both aged 2, were killed when a fire gutted their crèche in Hillbrow.

A 1-year-old toddler and an elderly woman were hospitalised for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze was unclear.

On Tuesday, a child died and three people were seriously injured when a building in Newlands, Johannesburg also caught fire.

Paramedics said the child was believed to be between the ages of 6 and 9.

In Umhlabuyalingana, KwaZulu-Natal, a children’s home caught fire last week, resulting in the deaths of two children.

The provincial Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi said the child minder woke up to find the home alight in the early hours of last Thursday morning.

She escorted the children out of the burning building and counted them. She then realised some children were missing and re-entered the building in a bid to find them.

It was, however, too late. Both children died from smoke inhalation.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire.

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