Police investigating arson in Norwood fire

2010-07-20 07:36

The police are investigating arson after a mother and two children died in a fire at their Norwood home in Johannesburg.

Spokesperson Percy Morokane said: “It’s a criminal investigation. An inquest docket has been opened into the deaths of three people, and the police are investigating arson.”

The forensic investigation would take “some time” but, once complete, the cause of the fire on Sunday evening would be known, said Morokane.

“The truth will come out ... but it will take some time.”

He said there were no suspects for now.

“The investigations start on a clean sheet ... it’s not like they already have a suspect.”

Beeld and The Star newspapers identified the deceased as Monica de Beer (35) and her two children, Rogan (4) and Milla (2).

The father, Shane de Beer, managed to escape unharmed by jumping through a window.

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