By Theodorah Waga Mawasha
MAWA BLOCK 12- The community members of Mawa block 12 under the Greater Letaba were left shocked on Sunday, June 19, after two pensioners were burnt to death inside their house.
According to preliminary police investigations, the fire is suspected to have been caused by a candle light. It is alleged that because there was load reduction, the two female victims, Phillipine Mamamila Mabunda(74) and Modjadji Navela Nkongwane(62) fell asleep in their room while the candle was still burning.
It is further reported that the candle allegedly fell and caught a plastic bag and spread to the bed and ultimately flames engulfed the room.
The local police were alerted by neighbours about the unfortunate incident and responded swiftly. Upon arrival at the scene, they were welcomed by smoke coming out of the house and immediately inspected the house. The victims were found in their room. EMS officials declared them dead on the scene and the bodies were transported to a government mortuary.
The police in Bolobedu are investigating a case of arson and investigations are continuing to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.