Two boys burn to death in Eastern Cape

Two children were burnt beyond recognition when the hut they were sleeping in caught fire in the early hours of Saturday morning, said Eastern Cape police.

Superintendent Msukisi Fatyela said the boys were aged six and eight. One was found dead in a bedroom and the other in the lounge. It appeared that he had been trying to flee.

He said they were alone at the time.
Their mother had gone out for the night.

Although the cause of the fire was not known, police suspected it started when a paraffin lamp fell over. “The fire seems to have started inside the house,” said Fatyela.

Police were called to the scene at 2am, but by then the house, in Cwecweni locality, Engcobo, had been destroyed.—Sapa

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