It is believed the man who died was one of the male workers staying on the property of the Borrelskop Country Lodge in Delportshoop.
The fire that destroyed a portion of Borrelskop Country Lodge during the early hours of this morning claimed the life of one person.
It is believed that the person who got trapped in the fire is one of the male workers who has been staying on the property.
Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said the Delportshoop police are investigating a fire that allegedly started at about 01:00 on 11 September 2021 at the Borrelskop Lodge near Delportshoop.
“The police and community members managed to extinguish the fire but one adult male employee is currently reported missing.
“The cause of the fire is being investigated,” said Kock.
The manager of the lodge Charne Steinmann said the fire started at the back of the building in the direction of the bathroom.
“The security alerted my grandmother who also stays on the premises.
“My grandmother then informed the (missing) worker, who tried to extinguish the fire,” said Steinmann .
She said the portion that was gutted by the fire was a stand-alone structure like a few others on the premises.
She said that the kitchen of the structure, two dining rooms and the bar were completely destroyed.
Steinmann said local people and nearby farmers helped in trying to put out the blaze but there was nothing they could do to save the trapped man.
She said the fire brigade and the ambulance never arrived after being called.
“Volunteers helped by utilising our borehole water to extinguish the fire but when the electricity cut the neighbouring farmers used their small fire extinguishers to help,” she said.
The police request that anyone with information to call Detective Sergeant George Mosime on 0824484850.