‘We have nothing’

2016-11-22 06:00
Donovan Louw shows the devastation of the recent fire at Chapel Court. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Donovan Louw shows the devastation of the recent fire at Chapel Court. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Some families from Chapel Court in Lavender Hill are appealing for help after a fire destroyed their homes in the early hours of last Saturday.

Though the cause of the fire is not known at this stage it is suspected that it might have been started by a candle.

No-one was injured in the blaze but people lost property and three cars were burnt.

“We are just grateful that no-one was injured but most of us lost everything. We lost bedding, clothes, TVs,” says one of the victims, Donovan Louw. “We just don’t have anything at the moment and we are asking from people that can help us.

“My child lost her uniform and books and she is writing her final exams. It’s a stressful time for all of us. We are still trying to accept the situation but it’s so difficult for the children.”

Numerous attempts to stop the fire were in vain as the wind was blowing too hard. Before they knew it even more homes were on fire. “We tried our best to stop the fire but we couldn’t because of the wind. Other wendy houses had plastic which just escalated the fire. We tried saving our furniture but the fire was spreading too fast and getting stronger and stronger.

“We have been cleaning and we are appealing for donations to rebuild our homes. It’s such a difficult time for us; we are sleeping on the floor with neighbours because we have nothing at the moment,” says Louw.

Cornelia Petersen (72) also lost everything in her house.

“We are staying elsewhere because the house was damaged so bad. I just put new tiles in my house and bought a few new appliances and all that burnt to nothing in the fire,” she says.

“It’s a difficult time for all of us but we are hopeful. We can’t cry over spilt milk. We are just grateful that no life was lost in the fire. I try to keep myself busy and I don’t want to think about this. It was even worse when they told me that my house will take a long time to repair.”

For now the families are staying with friends and family. During the day they clean up the debris left by the fire, hoping that someone will come to their rescue. They received emergency relief packs, but they are still in need of clothes, beds, blankets and kitchen appliances.

V To help these families call 087 116 3869.

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