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Butterworth man burnt to death in shack fire, police investigating

Jul 28, 2017
Butterworth man burnt to death in shack fire, police investigating

Butterworth police have opened an inquest docket after a local man died when his shack burnt to the ground at Silver Town Informal Settlement, in Zitulele Township, Butterworth, on Thursday night.

"The owner was a 58-year-old man, who died in the shack fire," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"It is suspected that a candle may have caused the fire.

"The identity of the deceased is being withheld until his next of kin are officially informed of his death."

He said that no foul play is suspected at this point in time.

"Police are warning the community to be careful especial as it is winter time," added Captain Manatha.

"Community should switch off candles and fire before they sleep."