3 dead, 1 missing after Verulam factory fire

Missionlands is in Verulam
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Three charred bodies have been discovered in a factory in Missionlands, Verulam, north of Durban.

It is alleged that nine men were on duty on Friday night at a furniture manufacturing factory when the fire broke out. Four workers escaped unharmed, while another was rushed to the hospital with burn wounds.

Security company Reaction Unit of SA (RUSA), was called to the scene by relatives of the deceased following their gruesome discovery on Saturday afternoon. All the deceased are believed to be foreign nationals.

RUSA’s general manager, Vinodh Singh, says one person remains missing.

“Reaction Unit SA received a call for assistance after the search party peered through the building and noticed what appeared to be skeletal remains. RUSA officers and RUSA paramedics were immediately dispatched, and upon arrival, they confirmed that indeed it was human remains. The eThekwini fire and rescue services arrived shortly thereafter and located two more bodies. One person is still unaccounted for. The circumstances leading up to the fire were not confirmed. South African police are investigating further.”