Fire breaks out in Blue Downs informal settlement, two little children dead



Two children have been declared dead after a fire broke out in the Blue Downs area.

Firefighters responded to panic reports of an informal structure on fire in the Bardale informal settlement.

The incident happened just after 1pm on Monday afternoon.

The bodies of two boys aged 4 and 23-months-old, were recovered in the burnt structure.

According to the fire and rescue spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, the building was already swallowed in flames before their arrival.

“The Mfuleni and Belhar fire crews were immediately dispatched to this incident. Unfortunately, the structure was completely engulfed in flames upon arrival.”

“While extinguishing the fire, the crews were alerted that two persons were inside the structure.”

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