Police have opened an inquest docket following a devastating fire that claimed the lives of two children in Valley View in Verulam, north of Durban.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Thulani Zwane says it’s alleged that the children, aged seven and nine, were alone in a house when the fire broke out last night.

Zwane says the cause of the fire is still unknown.

“It’s alleged that the police were called to attend a burning house at midnight at the Valley View in Verulam area. OnĀ  their arrival they notice that there were two bodies inside the burnt house. A case of inquest was then opened by Verulam police station for further investigation and the motive for the burning of the house is still unknown at this stage. We are still investigating this matter. It looks like they were alone because no one else was injured.”