Boy (3) dies in shack fire, Barcelona, Gelvandale

South African Police Service

Boy (3) dies in shack fire, Barcelona, Gelvandale
Boy (3) dies in shack fire, Barcelona, Gelvandale

A three year old boy died in a shack fire during the early hours of 1 March 2022 in Barcelona in the Gelvandale policing precinct.

It is alleged that at about 01:10 police responded to a complaint of fire in Virgo Street in Barcelona.

After the fire brigade extinguished the fire, the body of Elton Saterdag (3) was found.

The child’s mother (34) and two other siblings aged 10 years and 5 months old escaped. The mother sustained burns to her arms and back while the 10-year-old girl sustained burns to her arm and leg. The infant sustained minor scratches.

All of them were taken to hospital for treatment.

It is suspected that the cause of the fire may have been a burning candle. An inquest docket is opened for further investigation.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service