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Three people were burnt to death in a shack fire in Bishop Lavis, Western Cape police said on Sunday.
A passerby saw the flames and smoke from the back shack and notified adults who were in the main house at 6pm on Saturday, said Captain Marie Louw.
A 16-year-old and three-year-old were in the back shack.
"The adults tried to put the fire off, while 49-year-old Sharon Khoen, who is the three-year-old's mother, went inside the shack to save the children. Instead she was also burnt to death," said Louw.
The 16-year-old had been visiting the family.
After fire fighters extinguished the fire, they found the three bodies inside the shack.
The cause of the fire was unknown. - Sapa