A pair of brave first responders entered a burning house at about 6 am on Saturday and rescued a woman in Athlone, Durban North.
“When medics arrived on scene, the house was well alight with smoke billowing from the roof and windows,” said Shawn Herbst, Netcare 911 spokesperson.
“A Marshall Security Armed Response Officer and Special Operations Team member entered the house and managed to rescue an adult female who had suffered smoke inhalation.”
The Ethekwini Fire and Rescue Services managed to douse the flames, however, most of the house had been destroyed in the inferno.
Sadly the heroic rescue was dampened after the fire was doused and firefighters realised a person had died in the fire.
“A post fire assessment had been done by the Durban Metropolitan Police Search and Rescue Unit and sadly an elderly male was sadly found deceased,” said Herbst.
Police officers from Greenwood Park were on scene.
“Our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” said Herbst.