A devastating fire broke out in the middle of the night on Thursday at the Lakehaven/Zamani Child and Youth Care Centre orphanage in the South African coastal region of Durban killing eight. Six of the victims were minors – the two youngest were seven years old. Four others were treated for smoke inhalation.
Police are still investigating the cause of the fire at the 60-year old facility. Reuters reports that although fires often take place in South African townships, they are not common in public buildings.
The tragic incident calls to mind another devastating fire six years ago when 15 people were killed in a fire at an orphanage in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Thirteen children perished in the 2010 blaze, and the house was completely destroyed when fire ripped through the Hope of Christ Home in Newcastle.