Grandmother and toddler killed in Meadowlands house blaze

Sizwe Sibiya

A house fire killed a 68 year old grandmother and a five year old toddler in Meadowlands on Saturday.

The remaining eight family members have been left mourning and stranded after the fire, which they think was started by an electrical spark.

Tsholofelo Mokone, who lost her little sister Tshireletso and Grandma Agnes, says they were both asleep when the fire started. Three other family members, who managed to wake up, escaped the killer blaze. Two were also rushed to hospital with wounds from the fire, she said.

Tsholofelo said she was not at home at the time, but that her family thinks the fire started when the electricity came on in the early hours of Saturday – after being off on Friday night.

“When I heard what happened I was shocked. Even now we don’t know what to do. The blaze destroyed everything,” said Tsholofelo.

Gauteng provincial police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele confirmed that police are investigating an inquest docket after two people died in the house fire. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.