Cape Town - Five family members including two young boys burned to death at Lotus River in Cape Town on Monday, Western Cape Fire and Rescue Services said.

The family - a man, two women and two boys, - died just before 1am, said spokesman Theo Layne.

The fire started in the outside rooms of a house.

“At the moment the cause of the fire is unknown and the incident was handed over to the police.”

Layne urged the public to be cautious when dealing with heating and cooking devices. - Sapa