Verulam: Rescuers helpless as couple die in fire

2013-04-11 00:00

POLICE and security officers heard the screams of a Verulam couple as their home was engulfed in flames on Tuesday night. All efforts to gain entry failed.

Shireen (41) and Sanjay Dunlall (35) died in the fire, said Reaction Unit SA boss Prem Balram.

Three family members in the wood-and-iron dwelling were unharmed. The blaze razed the shack.

Balram said the quick response of the fire brigade prevented nearby homes from catching alight.

The fire occurred at about 9.15 pm. Balram said several attempts were made to gain entry, but officers could not reach the victims. Paramedics treated one person on the scene for smoke inhalation. An investigation is under way.

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