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Father and son perish in shack fire


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape


GQEBERHA - During the early hours of Saturday morning, 05 June 2021, a man and his son died in a shack fire in William Slammert Drive in Bethelsdorp.

It is alleged that at about 01:30 police responded to a complaint of a shack on fire. The fire brigade was summoned and the fire was extinguished however at about 05:00, a fire once again erupted in the shack next to the one that burnt in the same yard at the back of the main house.  In the second shack, two males were found burnt. The deceased were identified as Aston McKay (father approximately 53-years-old) and Alistair McKay (son approximately 24 years old).

The cause of the fire will be investigated and police have opened an inquest docket


Col Priscilla Naidu
071 362 8726