PTA boy dies in house fire

A child believed to be about four years old died in a house fire on Wednesday in Pretoria.

A child believed to be about four years old died in a house fire on Wednesday in Pretoria.

PRETORIA - A child believed to be about four years old died in a house fire on Wednesday, in northern Pretoria.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said the child was alone in the Theresapark home at the time of the blaze.

Wicks said the child was left sleeping while his father took the child's mother to work.

A preliminary investigation suggests an unattended heater caused the deadly blaze.

Once firefighters extinguished the fire, paramedics entered the home and found the boy's body burnt beyond recognition.

The fire is the latest in a series of fatal blazes in recent weeks.

In Pretoria, two children burnt to death in a fire last month in Montana, while three brothers died at an orphanage in Hartbeespoort Dam in the same week.