Update on PE Fire in Thornhill area – second fatality

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Update on PE Fire in Thornhill area - second fatality. Photo: Front National
Update on PE Fire in Thornhill area - second fatality. Photo: Front National

On Sunday, 11 June 2017 devastating fires continued in the Humansdorp Cluster as a number of buildings and vegetation were destroyed over the past weekend, 10 – 11 June 2017.

At about 17:00 yesterday, 10 June 2017, a 72-year-old woman died at their farm in the Thornhill area. Her husband was also admitted on 10 June 2017 with burn wounds at a hospital in Port Elizabeth and died during the evening.

An inquest docket was registered following the death of Myrna van der Riet (72) and her husband, Walter van der Riet (73) as a result of a fire on their Lang laagte farm, Thornhill.

Emergency services have been deployed in the area since the start of the fires.

The Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier John Lebok expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the couple.

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