2 Children Die in Creche FIRE in Hillbrow. A distraught woman wailed “why‚ why” as her neighbours tried to console her. Another sat silently under plastic sheeting‚ staring without expression at her feet. Two mothers had lost their children‚ the newspaper reported.
The older girl was three‚ her companion a year younger.
Nobody knows exactly what caused the fire but when residents rushed into the smoke-filled Hillbrow flat they could not see the girls; it is believed they had hidden under a bed‚ terrified.
Seven of their classmates were shepherded to safety‚ as the fire spread in the second-storey flat.
Robert Mulaudzi‚ a spokesman for the City of Johannesburg emergency services‚ said the flat was being used as a crèche. The cause of the fire was to be investigated.