A Bonteheuwel family has been left reeling after two sisters, their three children and their little cousin died in a fire that gutted their home.
The fire broke out at a house in Netreg Road shortly before 2am on Wednesday morning.
The blaze left six people dead which includes the two sisters aged 28 and 20, and four minor children with the youngest being an 15-month-old boy and the eldest an 11-year-old.
The sisters’ elderly mother is currently in hospital being treated for smoke inhalation after she managed to escape the house.
Neighbours say they were woken up by screams coming from the house and tried to douse the flames but it was already too late for the six relatives who were trapped in the living room.
Relatives say a candle the family uses at night might have caused the fire, which reportedly started in the living room and spread throughout the dwelling.
But authorities say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Spokesperson for the City’s Fire and Rescue Services, Liezel Moodie says they responded to a formal house burning at around 2:30am.
“Two adult females and four minor males died as a result of fatal burn wounds,” she explains.
“The cause of the fire at this stage is still undetermined. Six persons were displaced.”