A 67-year-old woman from Meadowlands Zone 1 in Soweto and her five-year-old granddaughter passed away on Saturday morning from smoke inhallation.
It is alleged that a fire broke out at their house in the middle of the night while they were sleeping. Reports said there was no electricity in the area from 7pm on Friday night, but it was restored while everyone was sleeping, causing a fire that engulfed the entire house.
The deceased's daughter, Poppy
Mokone, said upon realising that there was fire the family tried to save her mother, but it was already too late.
“The person who passed away is my mother with the little daughter of my sister. There was no electricity, Eskom had switched off the lights so we don’t know what caused the fire. We don’t know what happened, apparently the power returned at night,” she said, sobbing.
“We tried to save her, but it was already too late. She died with the little child and the house has burnt down,” she said.
There were four people sleeping inside the house. One woke up after smelling the smoke and went to wake the other three up.
The third family member was treated at Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital and has since been discharged.
The bereaved family's relative, 46-year-old Joseph Tladi, said the old lady was a family person who was looking after her three children and six grandchildren.
“She died a painful death. She suffocated from the smoke. The fire came out of nowhere, we don’t know what caused it,” he told Newsnote.
“She would stay in her house and not bother anyone in the streets. She would buy her alcohol and drink from the house,” Tladi said.
Gauteng police said they have opened an inquest into the deaths.