Two children killed in fire

2015-06-18 14:26

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Durban - Two children have died following a fire at a children’s home in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi said a fire had broken out at the home in the Mseleni Child and Youth Centre in Umhlabuyalingana in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Thusi said in a statement that she had ordered an investigation into the deaths.

“A child minder was woken up by the fire in the early hours of this morning. She called for the children and escorted them outside.”

As she was counting them she realised some children were missing and re-entered the building in a bid to find them.

It was, however, too late and according to Thusi indications are that both children died from smoke inhalation.

"I am at a loss for words. As the Social Development family we are devastated by the loss of two lives in our facility. Our sincere condolences to the affected families.

"I have asked that the cause of the fire be investigated as a matter of urgency so we can have an understanding of what happened in order to prevent a similar tragedy from happening in future."

It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire and it could not immediately be confirmed how old the children were.

Mseleni is about 120km north of Richards Bay.

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