Three orphanage boys burnt beyond recognition
Norman Khoza, 9, his brother Lawrence Khoza, 14, and their cousin Given Matla, 7, were placed at the centre after the Khoza's mother died last year
THREE boys in North West lost their lives when the house they were sleeping in was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night.
The incident happened at Safe Haven for Children Orphanage in Hartbeespoort Dam.
Norman Khoza, 9, his brother Lawrence Khoza, 14, and their cousin Given Matla, 7, were placed at the centre temporarily after the Khoza brothers' mother died last year.
The orphanage's manager, Nelmare Eloff, said they were scheduled to be transferred to Mahikeng Orphanage in three weeks' time.
The three were sleeping in a wooden house when the incident happened.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
"We are still shocked because there was no heater or any flammable substance in their room, we do not know what caused the fire," Eloff said.
According to the police, Norman and Given left Lawrence in the kitchen before going to bed.
He later joined them in their bedroom, which is situated not far from the kitchen.
At about 21.15pm, a worker noticed flames coming from their room and immediately informed the authorities.
Despite the emergency services' bid to extinguish the fire, the boys were burnt beyond recognition.
The other 31 children who stay in separate rooms in the orphanage were not affected by the fire. They were yesterday reported to be safe.