Blaze traced to child playing with matches

2016-04-04 10:29
Fire investigator Rodney Trenam showing home owner Zuma (centre) the spot where fire is suspected to have started.

Fire investigator Rodney Trenam showing home owner Zuma (centre) the spot where fire is suspected to have started. (Thabang Mathebula, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A second house fire in less than a week has been blamed on a child playing with matches.

The latest fire at the luxury Beacon Hill Country Estate follows on the heels of another fire attributed to children playing with matches at Bisley last Tuesday.

Msunduzi fire investigator Rodney Trenam, who was at the scene of the Beacon Hill blaze on Friday evening, discovered burnt matches in the house. It is believed a five-year-old boy had started playing with matches in the lounge while his father was sleeping.

He then went to his bedroom and continued playing with the matches on his bed, setting the bed alight. Sibusiso Zuma said his son came running to his room where he was sleeping, and told him the house was burning. “When I woke up the fire was spreading in the house.

I am just relieved he [the son] was not hurt,” he said. Zuma only sustained a minor cut on his arm when he broke the window of his car while trying to move it away from the burning house.

Trenam believes the fire spread from the mattress in the bedroom to the roof.

Later, after fire fighters had doused the blaze, Trenam inspected the scene where he found a number of burnt matchsticks on the floor of the lounge.

A number of rooms in the house were damaged by smoke and water.

The child’s room was the only room destroyed by the fire.


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