Stove explodes: two fires in two years for Bombay Heights family

2013-04-10 00:00

A BOMBAY Heights family was last night unsure where it would spend the night after a second fire at their house in two years made their home uninhabitable.

Rekha Sewlall was at home with her son, Shervay (11), and daughter Shervasthee (9) and had just made lunch for them when the stove exploded and set the kitchen alight.

She got herself and the children out of the house and called her husband, Raj, at work.

“I’m too traumatised at the moment because it’s the second time this has happened at this house,” Rekha said.

“The kids are also traumatised. They had just sat down and they were eating.”

Raj Sewlall told The Witness: “When I got here the whole house was alight.

“Everything in the kitchen has been destroyed — the microwave, stove, washing machine, radio.”

He said neighbours from across the road were very helpful. A stranger tried to help put out the fire and brought some of their belongings out of the house before the fire department  arrived.

“I’m very thankful to him for helping the way he did,” Sewlall said, but regrettted that he didn’t get the man’s name to thank him.

The fire, which started just after 2 pm, lasted for an hour.

Sewlall said he estimated the value of the belongings destroyed in the fire at close to R200 000. His wife said the home was insured.

Late yesterday fire-fighters were assessing the extensive damage at the cordoned-off property.

The Witness walked inside the charred home and found the kitchen completely destroyed, with broken plates lying on the floor.

Upstairs, there was mainly smoke damage to the walls.

A fire official at the scene said it was suspected the fire had been caused by an electrical fault, and that the fire department would conduct an investigation.

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