A fire claimed the lives of a 40-year-old man and his 3-year-old daughter at the informal settlement in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. It is assumed that the arson was arranged by the father of the child, who locked himself and the child inside the house.
The rescue workers found the charred remains of the family members under the rubble of the shack. Two other children, aged 5 and 7, managed to escape before the hut was set on fire. They called for help from their neighbors, but it was too late to save both their father and sister.
“Our crews took over from members of the public who were trying to dowse the fire and managed to extinguish it. From the information that we received, there were still people trapped inside the shack and we did a search and rescue, and found two charred bodies of the father and his daughter,” Ekurhuleni Emergency Services spokesperson William Ntladi said