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PHOTOS: Two-year-old girls die in house fire after being allegedly locked by guardian

Two girls, aged two, burnt to death after they and another child were allegedly left home alone by a caregiver in a locked house at Amersfoort, Mpumalanga.

The third child, a boy also aged two, was rescued from the flames on Tuesday night.

Police said their caregiver had allegedly left them alone with a burning candle.

2-year-old South African girls die in house fire after being locked indoors with burning candle by guardian

Spokesperson Col Donald Mdhluli said: “According to information received, the toddlers, a set of twins, a boy and a girl, and their girl cousin all aged two, were reportedly left in the care of a guardian who left the kids alone to buy something at the shop, leaving them with a burning candle. The area does not have electricity.

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“Moments later, neighbours saw flames and called for help. The guardian is said to have arrived and informed them that the children were inside the house. They managed to rescue one of the twins, the boy, while the two girls could not be saved and were later certified dead at the scene by medical personnel.”

2-year-old South African girls die in house fire after being locked indoors with burning candle by guardian

According to the office of Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, the caregiver was arrested and charged with child neglect.

2-year-old South African girls die in house fire after being locked indoors with burning candle by guardian

Mtsweni-Tsipane visited the home on Wednesday. Photographs of the scene showed the charred house, its windows broken and roof destroyed.

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2-year-old South African girls die in house fire after being locked indoors with burning candle by guardian

She also visited the surviving toddler who was reported to be in a critical condition in hospital.

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