Shack fire, two sets of twins burned to death, Hendrina

South African Police Service

Shack fire, two sets of twins burned to death, Hendrina
Shack fire, two sets of twins burned to death, Hendrina. Photo: SAPS

The police in Mpumalanga are saddened by an incident in which two sets twins, aged eight and 13 were burned to death in the early hours of Monday 4 July, 2022.

According to the information at our disposal, the police were called to the scene where a shack was on fire at Marikana Informal Settlement in Hendrina.

Firefighters were also called to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately two sets of twins (two boys and two girls) were certified dead.

It is not yet confirmed what might be the cause of the fire but loose cables were visible on the ground, which prompt a suspicion that there may have been an illegal connection of electricity.

It is further alleged that the 33-year-old mother of the deceased left them three days ago in the care of their 17-year-old brother. When the fire broke out, the bother tried to save the lives of his siblings but couldn’t as the fire was already at an advanced stage.

The mother and the 17-year-old boy have been taken to hospital in Middelburg as they are in a state of shock.

Police have registered an inquest and the investigation is ongoing.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service