Tragedy struck after a man was killed after a tuck shop caught alight at midnight on Tuesday in Phoenix.

According to Colonel Thembeka Mbele, KZN police spokesperson  the incident took place in Trent Croft, Phoenix.

Mbele said “It is alleged that on 18 November 2020 at 00:00, a tuck shop caught fire at Trent Croft in Phoenix.

“A 32-year-old male died in the fire. Phoenix police are investigating an inquest and circumstances around the incident”.

Phoenix Crime Watch’s response unit apparently found the garage area which is a tuck shop engulfed in flames.

They said one person was unable to escape and died on the scene.

In a separate incident, in February, 67-year-old Angela Pillay died when her Longcroft, Phoenix home, caught alight.

The Sunday Tribune reported that desperate attempts by family and neighbours to save her were in vain.

The fire broke out just before 6am.