Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Eight burn to death in shack fire, police inquire

Cofimvaba police in the Eastern Cape are investigating a case of culpable homicide after eight people burnt to death in a shack fire at Nququ Forest Sawmill.

Zamikhaya Qinisile, a police spokesperson, says four adults and four children were burnt beyond recognition. One man survived the tragedy.

Meanwhile, yesterday Southern Cape police have opened an inquest docket following the death of a 38-year-old man after his shack was gutted by fire at Qolweni informal settlement at Plettenberg Bay.

Malcolm Pojie, a police spokesperson, says the cause of the fire is not known at this stage. He has ruled out any possibility of foul play. Pojie says the incident took place early Sunday morning. The man only identified as Mxhakayi was the only victim of the fire. - SABC

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