Family of three perished in flames

Frantic intervention by Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services ‘firefighters couldn’t save the lives of the three family members from perishing after their home was guttered by flames last night in Katlehong Ekurhuleni.

An RDP house guttered by flames was reported and received by City of Ekurhuleni emergency life threatening Call Centre at around 20:55 Friday evening in Dikole section Katlehong. Firefighters from Palm Ridge and Zonkizizwe fire stations responded promptly to the scene for life saving interventions.

On arrival, commanding flames were from the bedroom and the entire roof had already collapsed. Information received on scene stated that the family was still trapped inside. After fire extinguishment, search and rescue was conducted and the charred bodies of a toddler believed to be three months old, a four years old boy and the mother aged in the mid-thirties, were found in the burnt bedroom.

The scene was handed over to the police officers on scene. The cause of the fire is still the subject of investigations however, it is alleged to have been caused by an electrical heater left unmonitored. 

NB: City of Ekurhuleni pleads with members of the public to call “011 458 0911” in case of any Life-Threatening emergencies for the swift activation and intervention of relevant resources.  Alternatively, they can use national emergency toll free number which is 10177 or 112.    

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