Fire takes family's all

2015-07-22 10:36

The Fredericks family has lost everything in a blaze that engulfed their family home on Sunday 12 July.

Simone Fredericks was at home when the fire started. She explains that everything happened very quickly.

“We braaied for lunch and made potjiekos. I remember at 17:00 I was sweeping the kitchen and then went to the room. A short while later I heard the electricity box trip and went to see what happened. That is when I saw the black smoke coming from the front room,” she says.

The 25-year-old then rushed to get the 1-year-old and 5-year-old children out of the house. She then returned to get her mother out of the house. The mother, Elizabeth, says she had inhaled smoke and was rushed to hospital.

Her son, Ricardo (38), and his girlfriend, Chantelle Lucas (39), were trapped inside the house. Neighbours grabbed their hosepipes and tried to extinguish the blaze and assist the couple, but they were too late.

”There was nothing anyone could do for them because the fire was burning too hot,” Simone says.

She says the rescue services were quick to respond to their call but the fire had already spread through the ceiling, destroying all their belongings.

The fire had reportedly started in the front room where the couple had been sleeping.

Police confirm that an inquest docket has been opened for investigation. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The couple’s two children, their aunt and grandmother did not sustain any injuries.

The couple’s eldest daughter was not at the home when the blaze started.

They are staying with Elizabeth’s sister Cathlin Fransman while the children are in the care of their aunt until the home can be repaired. Thereafter Elizabeth says she will request custody of the children. The City of Cape Town has been notified of the blaze. Work to rebuild the home will soon begin.
The family is still in need of basics such as baby formula, beds, furniture, appliances, nappies and other necessities to get back on their feet.
The family has also asked for assistance in sending the 10-year-old child back to school with a school uniform and stationery.
The little girl is at Merrydale Primary School. All goods new and second hand are welcomed.
Fransman, Simone and Elizabeth would like to thank everyone who assisted the family when the blaze started and for the efforts of their neighbours and rescue and fire personnel who responded. For those who have donated time and goods to the family, they have also expressed their gratitude.

To donate to the family call Cathlin Fransman on 021 374 7307 or Bazil Coetzee on 073 886 3678.

Anyone who can assist in the investigation is also urged to call investigating officer Detective Sergeant Daniel Patrick Brandt on 021 377 5097 or 073 459 2799.

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