Cape family heartbroken as their 9-year-old dies in house fire

Mdindelo family that lives in Basakabini Street, Wallacedene, cannot recover from losing a 9-year-old girl died in a fire at her home. According to the reports, the blaze broke out on Wednesday morning, within an hour after all adults had gone to work.

At that time, the young Owento was looking after her 5-year-old sister, while her another young sister was at crèche. When the accident occurred their mother speedily returned home — only to find her oldest daughter was fatally injured. The building itself was also leveled to the ground.

“The fire service arrived about half an hour later, but it was too late,” 31-year-old Nasakhe, the victim’s aunt, said.

Several clues indicate that the fire started at a backyard shack, however, the exact cause of it is unknown. Police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, says an inquest case has been opened for investigation.

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