Veld­fire spreads to home­stead, 2-year-old killed in in­ferno

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A BOY (2) was burnt to ashes on Sun­day night af­ter his fa­ther left a fire unat­tended re­sult­ing in it con­sum­ing a bed­room hut they were sleep­ing in. Mid­lands Po­lice Spokesper­son In­spec­tor Joel Goko con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

“I can con­firm that we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sud­den death case whereby Rea­son Sibanda of Silompa Vil­lage un­der Chief Njelele died on Sun­day night af­ter his fa­ther Chen­jerai Sibanda had left a fire burn­ing just out­side his home­stead, since he wanted to clear the land for farm­ing,” said Insp Goko.

“At around 8PM, strong winds started blow­ing while Chen­jerai and his son were asleep in their bed­room hut. Chen­jerai was awak­ened by sear­ing heat and he went out­side to in­ves­ti­gate, leav­ing his son in­side,” said Insp Goko.

“Chen­jerai dis­cov­ered that the bed­room had caught fire. The fire spread fast and the roof col­lapsed. He tried to res­cue his son but he failed due to mas­sive flames which burnt the son to ashes,” he added .

Insp Goko said that po­lice at­tended the scene and there were no re­mains found.

Mean­while, in the same vil­lage on the same night a 13-year-old girl died af­ter she was struck by a branch from a fall­ing tree.

Insp Goko said: “We’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sud­den death whereby Petronella Gondo died on Sun­day night. Heavy winds which were blow­ing caused a huge tree which was next to the hut she was sleep­ing in with her sis­ter Pa­tri­cia Gondo to fall down onto the hut. The tree de­stroyed the hut and struck her on the head. She died on the spot.”— @patiemt­siwi.

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