Woman, 85, dies in gutted home
Johannesburg - A 85-year-old woman died in a fire that gutted her home on a smallholding in North Riding, Johannesburg, on Sunday morning, paramedics said.
Firefighters entered the burning structure and found an elderly woman unconscious, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said.
They pulled her from the house. She was in a critical condition, having suffered severe smoke inhalation.
"Her condition deteriorated drastically and paramedics were forced to initiate CPR. Sadly she died at the scene."
Her two dogs were also killed in the blaze.
No one else was in the house, said Wicks.
Police would investigate the cause of the fire.