Jika Joe fire destroys 15 homes

2013-12-02 00:00

TWO men suffered slight burns to the ankles, arms and head following a fire that destroyed at least 15 homes in the Jika Joe informal settlement around midnight on Saturday.

Neighbours claim that the fire was ignited by a candle. Several people were left to seek refuge with families or friends.

A resident in the area, Philani Msomi, said the fire started in the shack of one of the women in the area.

“She drinks a lot and on Saturday night a friend walked by the shack and saw that she and her boyfriend were asleep and the candle was still lit,” said Msomi.

Although not providing concrete proof, he said he was sure that the fire started in the woman’s shack.

Msomi said people managed to salvage what they could before the fire department arrived and put out the fire.

“The woman has since fled from the area because people wanted to beat her up,” he said.

“I understand that she and her boyfriend were awoken by the fire, he was slightly burned on his ankles and another man was burned on his head and arms.”

Community leader Vuyani Rangxa said the fire was not as devastating as some have been in the past.

“We understand that the fire started in a room of one woman who had since fled the area because the community is angry. There were minor injuries, but no one required hospitalization,” said Rangxa.

The Msunduzi fire department confirmed they attended to the incident, but further details were not immediately available.

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