Mom, 4 children burn to death in house fire

2011-07-13 07:20

Johannesburg - A family of five, including four children died after a fire ripped through a house in Ormonde on Wednesday morning, Johannesburg Emergency Services said.

"They were all found dead in the kitchen of the two bedroom house," spokesperson Synock Matobako said.

"Indications are that the children and their 31-year-old mother were trying to escape when they were engulfed by flames in the kitchen."

The children were aged two, three, four and a six-months old.

"They were two girls, and two boys."

Family members gathered outside the house shortly after the fire was doused.

"They are hysterical after we told them what happened," Matobako said.

The roof of the house had also collapsed in the blaze, but the walls were still standing, he said.

Emergency services were alerted after neighbours noticed the blaze.

"The fire may have started in one of the bedrooms, but we are still investigating the cause."

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    johannesburg  |  fires
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks must be 'more clinical' in quarters
Scotland braced for game of their lives
Lancaster: Rebuilding morale is tough
Lood is a tackling machine
Traffic Alerts

Passion is the name of the game. Love is not an intellectual study, but an experience from heart level. You have the tendency more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.