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Two families perish in separate shack fires this weekend

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


ZWELITSHA - Two families sadly lost their lives when their shacks caught alight in separate incidents in Ndevana and Algoa Park respectively this weekend.

In the first incident, a mother (40) and her three children died during the early hours of Friday morning, 15/09 when their home burned down in Tshabo in Ndevana. The children aged 3-10 years old (2 girls and a boy) also died in the blaze. Neighbours tried to in vain to extinguish the fire, but it was too intense. Names will be released once the next of kin have been informed.

In another incident, a family of six also died when their shack in Jack Street in Missionvale in Algoa Park in Gqeberha burned to the ground. It is alleged that two adults and four children died in the blaze. Ages and names are not yet known. It is suspected that the cause may have been as a result of illegal electricity connection however the exact cause will be determined by the fire department.

In both cases, inquest dockets have been opened for investigation.


Col Priscilla Naidu
071 362 8726