Mother and child die in fire possibly caused by illegal connection

2013-11-12 00:00

A MOTHER and child were burnt to death when a suspected illegal electricity connection sparked a fire in their rented outbuilding in the early hours of Saturday morning in France township.

Nkanyiso Ndlovu (21), was severely burnt on his face, arms and back as he tried to save his girlfriend and child. He managed to escape the fire and is in hospital. His girlfriend and child, yet to be identified, died in the fire.

Captain Thulani Zwane of the SAPS said: “At this stage, police believe that the possibility exists that an illegal electrical connection may have caused the fire, which resulted in the death of the victims and the destruction of the house.”

A relative, Delisiwe Ndlovu, said they understood that he moved to the France area just a week ago.

“After we learnt about the fire, we visited him in hospital. He is severely burnt on his hands and face. We understand that he suffered 70% burn wounds on his body and he cannot see or talk,” she said. “It is very terrible, he is just lying there. It would be better if he was at least talking, even if he did not see us.”

Zwane said the owner of the premises was awoken by screams from outside. She then noticed that her outbuilding was on fire.

“The police removed the severely burnt bodies believed to be of an adult female and a female child from an outbuilding on the premises,” said Zwane.

An inquest docket has been registered.

Msunduzi fire department investigator Rodney Trenam said he understands there was a wire coming from the main house, but could not confirm if it was an illegal connection that had caused the fire.

He said the outbuilding was a wooden and corrugated iron structure that completely burnt down.

There have been several incidents this year where people have been killed or injured by suspected illegal connections.

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