Two-year-old girl dies in Cape Town blaze

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  • A 2-year-old girl has died in a fire in Gugulethu.
  • Two other children  a girl aged 9 and a boy aged 12  managed to escape the blaze.
  • Bystanders alerted an officer at the scene that the children were missing. They were found with neighbours.


A 2-year-old girl died after an informal structure caught fire in Gugulethu, Cape Town, on Tuesday.

According to the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service, they received an emergency call at 03:35 and Gugulethu's fire crews responded quickly. They arrived on the scene in Skweza Street in NY 82 to find an informal structure on fire.

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"A search led to the discovery of the 2-year-old girl's body among the debris while the other two children were found by the neighbours," Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said.

It is believed that the two children – a girl aged 9 and a boy aged 12 – managed to escape. Carelse said bystanders had alerted the officer in charge that the children had been missing.

Carelse said the fire was extinguished at 04:20.

Police spokesperson Mihlali Majikela said a death inquest case had been registered for investigation.

The cause of the fire was still unknown.

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