Two school chil­dren burn to death in hos­tel fire

African Times - - News - MASHUDU SADIKE

Lim­popo Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fire that killed two chil­dren, aged six and 15, af­ter their hos­tel caught fire and burnt to the ground with them in­side.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Mon­day night in Motetema out­side Grob­lers­dal. Po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant Colonel Moatse Ngoepe says when com­mu­nity mem­bers no­ticed fire flames on top of Makae­pea Pri­mary School they quickly alerted the po­lice who re­sponded promptly to douse the blaze.

They im­me­di­ately launched their in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause of the inferno but did not sus­pect any foul play.

“We have opened two counts of in­quest fol­low­ing the deaths of these lean­ers that per­ished in the fire,” said Colonel Ngoepe in a state­ment.

When asked why the chil­dren were still at the hos­tel dur­ing school hol­i­days, he said that it was not clear.

“I am not clear of the where­abouts of the other chil­dren be­cause the schools are closed. Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions will come up with the other de­tails. We only found the bod­ies of the two chil­dren at the burnt hos­tel so far.”

The chil­dren have not yet been iden­ti­fied.

“The cause of the fire which led to the death of these two chil­dren is still un­known but the on-go­ing Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions will tell,” said Ngoepe.The Lim­popo Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment could not be reached

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