George police have opened an inquest docket after the bodies of a 42-year-old woman and a five-year-old were found in a house in Thembalethu township.
Police spokesperson Captain, Dumile Gwavu, said the bodies were found on Wednesday by the woman's son.
Gwavu said the woman's son found his mother and his sibling lying on the bed.
He told the police that he had last seen the deceased on Tuesday after his mother took a drum of coal and went inside the room.
It is believed that they died from smoke inhalation.