Pregnant woman, child die in CT fire

2013-05-05 18:01
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Johannesburg - A pregnant woman and her 2-year-old daughter died in a fire in Vrygrond, Cape Town, on Sunday, the city's disaster management said.

"A fire was reported at 04:21 today [Sunday] at 6 Frederick Street, Vrygrond in the southern suburbs of Cape Town," spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

Fire services arrived on the scene at 04:30 and found three shacks on fire.

"At 04:49 during the firefighting efforts the emergency crews found the remains of Magdalena Cloete, 41, and of her daughter, Tallulah, aged two, under the rubble."

Cloete's other child was away for the weekend with her grandmother.

Mphito Trust, 30, suffered slight burn wounds to the head and face and was taken to a local hospital.

The fire was extinguished at 05:30. Ten people were left homeless.

The cause of the blaze was believed to be a candle which lit bedding after falling over.

- SAPA
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