Paraffin stove suspected in fire that killed Port Elizabeth family

AUGUST 12, 2015

A paraffin stove that fell over is now believed to have caused the shack fire that claimed the lives of seven people in Port Elizabeth's Wells Estate township on Wednesday morning. 

While rain had reportedly severely hampered the process of establishing exactly what caused the fire, firefighters from the Motherwell station, who attended to the fire, speculated that a paraffin stove could have caused the tragedy.

The fire, which is believed to have started at around 3:30am, claimed a grandmother, her daughter and five children, aged between 19-years and 10-months.

Police have identied the victims as: 62-year-old Nofomele Jamane, 25-year-old Siphokazi Jamane, 19-year-old Sive Jamane and four children, Sanele (7), Abongile (6), Kwakhanya (3yrs and the only male) and 10-month old Endinako Jamane.

Neighbours, who tried to dowse the fire and help the family out, before the fire brigade arrived, failed as the fire reportedly quickly went out of control.

They died in their backyard dwelling, which they were residing in as they waited for the completion of their RDP home in the same yard along Tshazimeunzi Street, Wells Estate.

An inquest docket has been opened by Swartkops police station.

Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Dr Danny Jordaan, led a delegation to visit the family of the seven victims of the fire on Wednesday afternoon.

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