Sunday, June 12, 2011

Children die in Port Elizabeth blaze

By Lelethu Mquqo
12 June 2011


Six people, including three children, have died in a shack fire in Bethelsdorp in the Eastern Cape.

Port Elizabeth police say the blaze is believed to have been caused by a lamp that had fallen over.

The children were aged three, four and nine.

Their father was injured when he tried in vain to save them.

Meanwhile, an accident on Benoni’s Atlas Road on the East Rand has claimed the lives of a man and a woman and left six other people critically injured.

Netcare 911 paramedics say two girls aged six and ten are among the people rushed to hospital after two cars crashed head-on.

Spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks says the force of impact saw occupants of both cars thrown from the wreckage.

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