Ekurhuleni Fire and Rescue team have reported that a male pensioner died in a burning shack.

The incident occurred at the Tshongweni section, Katlehong on Monday morning (September 28).

“City of Ekurhuleni Fire and Rescue team from local Hlahatsi fire station received the call at 08H30 and swiftly responded to the scene.

On arrival, members of the public were found frantically battling the blaze using water bucket ‘brigade’ before the firefighters could take over, ” said department spokesperson William Ntladi.

After the fire was extinguished, a search and recovery was conducted by the City emergency response team.

The charred body of an old man was found under the rubble and

South African Police Services (SAPS) officers and all relevant stakeholders were called to the scene.

The scene was handed over to SAPS officers who took over and proceeded with the investigations and removal of the mortal remains to an appropriate Pathological facility in Germiston.

According to Ntladi, the information on scene states that, the old man was alone in one of the backyard shacks at the time of the fire.

“Members of the public were alerted by a cloud of carbon smoke and frantically tried to break in to save the old man from the harrow of fire. Unfortunately, that could only be achieved through the aid of firefighters,” he explained.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and still under investigations.

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