Durban actor pair lose all in fire at flat

2013-01-30 00:00

TWO of Durban’s best known actors, Shika Budhoo and Dhaveshan Govender, had a lucky escape after a fire gutted their Glenwood residence on Sunday.

The actors, who had been on location in Verulam for the shooting of a new movie, returned home to their rented flat for a break, but a short while later were forced to flee the building as a fire swept through their flat.

Govender said he was unpacking props and costumes and Budhoo was taking a nap, when he smelt smoke and noticed that a bench on the balcony was on fire.

“I attempted to douse the flames, but without success,” said Govender.

“I woke Shika, wrapped her in a blanket and pushed her out the front door.

“I re-entered the flat to try and contain the fire and free our beloved hamster, as well as to save our laptops, which hold years of creative work, but the fire had spread rapidly throughout the flat.

“We cried out and our neighbours rushed to help, but our attempts to contain the blaze were in vain.”

The hamster died in the blaze.

The fire, the cause of which is unknown, destroyed the apartment and caused damage to neighbouring flats, but was quickly extinguished by the eThekwini Municipality Fire Department.

“Their arrival and response was swift and efficient,” said Govender, “and we are grateful to them, as well as the police and paramedics who came to our aid.

“We would also like to thank the residents of Davenport Square who assisted us.”

While the couple are grateful to escape without serious injury, they are devastated to have lost their home and everything they own.

A bank account has been set up by friends to assist the couple, who both starred in the radio soapie Lollipop Lane, and on stage in King of Old Trafford, Shika-Land! and The Fantastical Flea Circus.

Those who wish to assist can

e-mail copypuppy@artslink.co.za for banking details.

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