Electrical fault likely cause of blaze that killed Imbali family of five

2018-09-26 15:45
All that was left of Zamokuhle Hadebe’s house in Imbali after the fire that killed him and his girlfriend, Zandile Mdunge, and three children.

All that was left of Zamokuhle Hadebe’s house in Imbali after the fire that killed him and his girlfriend, Zandile Mdunge, and three children.

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The cause of the blaze that killed a family of five on Sunday in Imbali, is now thought to have stemmed from an electrical fault.

Zamokuhle Hadebe (43) and his girlfriend Zandile Mdunge, (42), her two children, Philasande (5), three-year-old Mnqobi and niece Ntombi (9) were in the four-roomed house when it caught alight.

Read: Blaze kills family of five

The Witness had reported that the fire had started at around midnight and when neighbours went outside the house was already engulfed in flames.

A Witness reporter who visited the scene on Monday morning stated in Tuesday’s article that human remains could be seen under a bucket on the ash-strewn property.

It was also reported that relatives said they feared stray dogs would scavenge the remains and that forensic investigators were expected to visit the home again yesterday to scout for more human remains and begin the investigations.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said on Tuesday that the K9 Search and Rescue team had not been called out.

When asked why remains were seen at the home on Monday, he said that there were no remains there.

He added that all human remains had been removed and forensics as well as fire personnel and experts were on scene immediately to investigate the fire.

He said reports suggest that the cause of the fire was “electricity-related”.

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