Cape Town pensioner burns to death after fire at old age home

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A man has died in a fire at a Communicare home.
A man has died in a fire at a Communicare home.
Duncan Alfreds, News24
  • An 86-year-old man died after a fire broke out in the kitchen of an old age home.
  • Police said the damage to the building was minimal.
  • According to the City's Fire and Rescue Service, another man sustained second-degree burn wounds.

A Cape Town pensioner was found dead after a fire broke out at an old age home in Newlands on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said officers from the Claremont police were called out to the fire at Cresswell Flats in Springs Road, Newlands.

"The members were then directed to a flat where an 86-year-old male was being attended to by paramedics. The victim sustained serious burn injuries," said Traut.

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According to the police, paramedics administered CPR, but the man succumbed to his wounds.

"It was determined that the male not only sustained serious external but also internal burn injuries and smoke inhalation," he said.

The damage to the building was minimal.

Spokesperson for the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service Jermaine Carelse said crews from Wynberg, Salt River and Epping were on the scene.

"Upon arrival, it was discovered that there was a fire in the kitchen on the ground floor of the flatlet, and firefighters searched the premises," added Carelse.

He said the 86-year-old was declared dead. He said the kitchen had sustained smoke damage.

"Another adult male sustained second-degree burn wounds and was treated and transported to a nearby hospital," he said.

According to the City, the fire was extinguished at 12:26 and the scene was handed over to the South African Police Service.

Makhosi Kubheka, COO of Communicare, said the family of the deceased and the affected tenants have been offered grief and trauma counselling by Communicare social development officers, who are qualified social workers.

"I am devastated to learn of the passing of one of our tenants who was part of the Communicare family for many years. I extend my condolences to his family on behalf of Communicare during this tough time," said Kubheka.

Claremont police opened an inquest docket for further investigation.

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