A neighbour, who doesn’t want to be identified, says that about 3:45 this morning her husband heard a shout in Bathlodge and went to see what it was.
She says that about 4:10 he came back reporting that two people, a mother and her teen-aged son, seemed to have been overcome by fumes from a backup electricity generator. That, though, has not been officially determined.
The mother was declared dead by a doctor at the scene. The son was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
The father and another teenage son were given oxygen by the emergency medical services, but it’s understood that they were not too badly affected by the noxious fumes, as they were in an area where the gas was less concentrated.
A total of five are said to have lived in the house – a mother, father, and three children. The son who died, his elder brother, and younger sister.
Observer Media is being told that the daughter was visiting relatives, and the mother and son who died were said to both be asthma sufferers.
The police were still at the house well after 10am and a hearse hadn’t arrived to take the body away.