Five family members die in Pretoria West house fire

Five family members die in Pretoria West house fire

Five members of the same family died in a devastating fire that erupted in their Pretoria West home  early Wednesday morning.

Pretoria West home fire

Tshwane Emergency Services were alerted at about 01:10 and dispatched firefighting teams.

Spokesperson Charles Mabaso says the first firefighting unit to arrive on scene found the house fully engulfed in flames.

Mabaso says bystanders confirmed that five people were still trapped in the house.

Two family members, a 45-year old mother and a 3-year old boy, escaped with minor injuries.

“She and the child were treated for smoke inhalation and transported to Pretoria West Hospital for further observation,” says Mabaso.

“Two deceased bodies were shortly discovered after firefighters started with firefighting and the rest of the deceased bodies were recovered as firefighters progressed with firefighting and during damping/cooling down operations and after the fire was extinguished. The 5 deceased included 4 males aged 6, 18, 22 and 24 years and a female aged 46 years.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown as an investigation by fire safety officers and law enforcement agencies continues.


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