Four children who were home alone narrowly escaped death after a fire burnt down their house in Waterloo, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday night.
Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) said the children were girls who were allegedly “abandoned” by their mother, who was at a local shebeen at the time of the fire.
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The girls evacuated the home just minutes before the roof caved in, with the fire engulfing the entire property, Rusa said.
“Reaction officers interviewed the neighbours and established that the four children were home alone while the single mother consumed liquor at a shebeen in Waterloo.
“The woman returned home when she received news that her home had been destroyed by [the] fire,” Rusa said in a statement.
The eThekwini fire department and metro police were at the scene, and no injuries were incurred.