- A hearse carrying a body in a coffin burst into flames on Saturday morning
- The body survived the conflagration but the car and coffin did not
- The cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated by the police
A hearse which was transporting a coffin containing a body burst into flames on Saturday morning.
The car and coffin were destroyed in the intense blaze but the undertaker has assured the family and police that the body was not damaged.
The hearse was en-route with the coffin to the family of the deceased for them to view their loved one.
According to Sowetan Live, Riana Geldenhuys the Drakenstein municipality spokesperson said the following:
“Drakenstein municipality’s fire services responded to a fire call involving a hearse at 8.14am ... in Broadway Street in Paarl East,” said Geldenhuys.
“When the firefighting vehicle and firefighters arrived on the scene they discovered that the hearse, with a body of a deceased person in a coffin inside, was on fire. They went on to extinguish the fire as speedily as possible.”
Initial reports had said that the body had been damaged but this was later retracted according to Times Live.
Retracting an earlier statement that the body in the coffin was damaged, Geldenhuys said: "The undertaker has since confirmed to Drakenstein Municipality that this was not the case. The fire was intense and the coffin significantly damaged, but the undertaker has confirmed that the body did not suffer damage.
"The municipality apologises for any possible distress caused by our earlier report. The cause of the fire is unknown, and is being investigated by the SA Police Service.”
Yusuf Abramjee shared a video of the incident on Twitter and Mzansi reacted to the horrible fire:
"Are the police going to open an inquest docket that will look at the burning of the corpse beyond recognition....? The decease will have 2 death certificates, the original one and the recent one where s/he died of smoke inhalation and third-degree burns."
"Yusuf, what actually goes on in your WhatsApp groups?"
"Ascertain if the “ deceased “ was actually the one who was supposed to be the deceased. Do DNA tests, otherwise, it can be a case of someone faking death."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Emtee recently took to social media to express his wishes about his funeral. The rapper wrote specifications about the music he wanted played and the activities he wanted offered at his burial.
The tweet worried fans as it coincided with the fact that Emtee has had a difficult time recently. The rapper has made headlines for alleged being abused by his wife, losing royalties to his previous record label and having his cars and house taken away.
The funeral talk had fans worried about the state of Emtee's mental health and concerned that he may be struggling with depression after having a difficult year and a half.
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Source: Briefly News