Two young children die in house fire

2017-10-20 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoSmoke bellows out of the house where two children died.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoSmoke bellows out of the house where two children died.

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AN inquest docket has been opened following the death of two children, aged two and three, in a house fire in Shayamoya township on Monday. The children were declared dead at the scene.

It is alleged that a helper, who was looking after three children, another one aged four, left them alone in the house. It is thought that a table cloth caught fire from a paraffin heater that was left on.

A community member, Sizwe Mjoli told Fever he saw a cloud smoke coming from the windows and broke the door open and entered the house to try and save the children.

He said the four-year-old child managed to escape after he opened the door, but it was too late to save the other two.

“When I got inside, I found two children’s bodies on the sofa, but it was too late to save them,” said Mjoli.

Kokstad firefighter supervisor, Thomekile Ngodwana said when firefighters arrived at the scene the two were already dead.

He warned people not to leave children alone and not leave unattended paraffin lamps or heaters on.

Beauty Nomvalo, the mother of the two year old, said she is heartbroken.

SAPS spokesman Captain Dumisani Ncongo said officers are investigating the cause of the fire.

No one has been arrested.

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