Two children have died in a house fire at Wallacedene, Cape Town, on Sunday. December 5. The six-year-old girl and the boy, aged three, had suffered serious burn wounds and were declared dead on the scene.
Firefighters were dispatched to the house after midnight, where backyard structures also caught alight.
According to the City of Cape Town fire and rescue service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, the blaze was fanned by strong winds. Strong winds swept through the city yesterday and have continued into today where wind gusts of 61km/hour are forecasted.
Carelse added that community members reported that not everyone was accounted for. The premises were searched and the bodies of the two children were found.
“One dwelling was partially damaged and several informal structures were completely destroyed,” he said.
The fire was extinguished just before 3am.
A police investigation is underway.
Our sincerest condolences to the children’s family and the Wallacedene community.