Mother, child die in Lenasia shack fire

2010-10-06 09:58

A woman and her seven-year-old son were burnt beyond recognition in a shack fire in Lenasia this morning, Johannesburg Emergency Services said.

Neighbours heard the boy screaming just past midnight and found him inside the burning shack in Thembelihle near Lenasia, said spokesperson Percy Morokane.

He said the neighbours have accused the mother, who is in her 40s, of being drunk last night.

“Those that are peddling that information, say that yesterday [Tuesday] was pay day for social grants and she used the money to buy liquor,” said Morokane.

Police were investigating the cause of the fire, he said.

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