Mys­te­ri­ous fire at va­cant Em­pan­geni home

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Or­rin Singh

QUES­TIONS sur­round a mys­te­ri­ous fire which al­most gut­ted a home in Gem­ini Drive in Em­pan­geni on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Mem­bers of uMh­lathuze Fire Depart­ment were called in to douse the flames which had en­gulfed parts of the home, col­laps­ing a por­tion of the roof.

A man claim­ing to look af­ter the house said he had left for ‘two min­utes’ and upon re­turn­ing, saw the house was on fire.

But as far as some neigh­bours were con­cerned, the home was va­cant.

‘No one has been stay­ing at the house for quite some time.

‘This man says he has been look­ing af­ter the house and that the home­owner stays some­where else in Em­pan­geni, but I am not sure of that,’ said a neigh­bour, who pre­ferred to re­main anony­mous.

‘There is no elec­tric­ity at this house and as you can see, some of the win­dows don’t even have glass. It’s been like this for quite a while.’

While the cause of the fire is not yet known, po­lice have con­firmed that a case of ar­son has been opened.

Em­pan­geni’s Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum have pre­vi­ously re­ported that the is­sue of va­cant houses in town is a ma­jor cause of con­cern as they serve as hide­outs for crim­i­nals.

Or­rin Singh

Part of the roof of the house was com­pletely de­stroyed by the fire

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