A colonial house in South Africa’s capital was burned to the ground by a fire after being left unattended by a family, a police source said on Saturday.
The burnt-out colonial house was destroyed by the fire, a senior police official said.
The fire broke out around 7:00am on Saturday in the suburb of KwaZulu-Natal, a town of about 500,000 in the southern Cape region, the police said in a statement.
The officer said it was not yet clear whether the house had been deliberately set on fire or if it was a case of negligence.
There are a total of 30 fires burning in the province this year, according to data compiled by the city’s fire department.
South Africa’s National Emergency Management Agency said on Sunday that the blaze was one of five fires that have hit the country since March, with eight of them attributed to arson.
A large fire destroyed the home of a wealthy couple in the city of Mombasa on Wednesday, the second such blaze this week.
The couple, identified as Rolina Nkumbe and Michael Sibusiso, were reportedly visiting relatives in the town at the time.
A senior police officer in KwaSikhe said the house was badly damaged by the blaze, which broke out near the front gate of the property, a property owned by the family of the deceased.
“The police are investigating and the fire has now been put out,” the officer said.