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Two girls lost their lives in a fire, police investigate an inquest
2021/04/17

 

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - Police in Mpumalanga are investigating an inquest case following an incident where two young girls, aged seven and eight were burnt to death. The sad incident occurred in the evening of yesterday, Friday 16 April 2021 at Masoyi near White River.

According to information at police disposal, on the said day the two children who are cousins, were asleep in the house at Jerusalem whilst their parents were away. Their uncle who also stays in the same house, was visiting neighbours at the time and it is said that he was notified by one of the neighbours that a spotlight at the house, where the children were asleep was off. He then went to investigate and on his arrival, he realised that the bedroom where the girls were was on fire. He then called other neighbours to assist extinguish the fire, however the flames were too intense and the girls unfortunately perished in the fire.

The authorities were informed about the matter and upon arrival, both girls were certified dead. Police opened an inquest case to probe circumstances that led to this incident.

Police management in the province has urged members of the public, specifically parents to take care of their children and ensure that they are under supervision at all times.

Meanwhile a similar incident occurred at Masoyi last month (March 2021) and was reported by police where a 38-year-old mother and her seven year old son were burnt to death as well. The incident took place on Saturday, 07 March 2021.

It is said that the woman's husband informed police that he left the victims on Friday, 05 March 2021 and went to his friends. Upon his return to his family, he reportedly noticed smoke coming from the house. He then broke the door to gain entry and found his wife and child on the floor motionless. Police and paramedics were then summoned to the house where the victims were certified dead.

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