Jika Joe blaze leaves 40 families without homes

2014-04-21 00:00

MORE than 40 families were left destitute after an inferno gutted their homes in the Jika Joe informal settlement.

The fire was allegedly caused by a woman who left a candle burning while she went to visit her boyfriend in the early hours of yesterday morning.

One of the community leaders, Thembinkosi Magagula said as soon as they were aware of the fire they immediately contacted the Msunduzi Municipality’s fire department who urgently responded.

The homes that were destroyed are in the section where the municipality is currently building temporary housing units to accommodate those whose homes were destroyed in a similar incident in September last year.

Magagula said, “Today, we lost about 41 homes and if it were not for the quick response of the fire fighters we would have lost more than that.”

He said they were grateful to the Msunduzi fire department for responding as quickly as they did because they were able to save a number of homes.

“Who knows what would have happened if they had not responded in time?” said Magagula.

However he said a number of school-going children lost their uniforms while some families have lost their monthly groceries.

Magagula said the Msunduzi Municipality’s disaster management had also been to the scene and helped donate “much needed blankets, food parcels and mattresses”.

“We also thank the disaster team for their donations and we are also grateful to NGOs that have helped donate food and clothes to those who have been affected by fire,” he said.

Those interested in giving donations can contact Magagula on 083 701 2977.

Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects’ Sandra Pillay was on scene with her team giving food parcels to the community members.

Pillay also appealed to those wishing to help to contact her on 033 342 6525/ 074 120 0337.

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