Baby twins, four others killed in fire

2015-05-18 09:59
Six people were killed when a fire broke out in an informal settlement in Chatsworth on Saturday.

Six people were killed when a fire broke out in an informal settlement in Chatsworth on Saturday. (Facebook)

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A MOTHER and her one-week-old twins were among those who were killed in a fire that raged through an informal settlement in Chatsworth, Durban on Saturday morning.

The twins, who were yet to be named by their parents, were burnt alongside their mother, Nobathini Gasela (39), and siblings Fatima (eight) and Bou-Bou (six). Another child, Mandisa Ngubane (six), who was sleeping in a nearby shack, was also killed.

Firemen battled for over three hours in attempts to douse the blaze that burnt down 25 shacks in the Emanyaleni informal settlement in the Bayview area.

Chatsworth ANC councillor Brandon Pillay said they had set up temporary relief homes for the families affected.

“A temporary relief site has been set up about 700 metres from the informal settlement. Some people were also taken to the Aryan Benevolent Home to be taken care of. Right now, we are busy with the funeral arrangements for the six people,” Pillay told The Witness.

Chatsworth fire station operational division commander Trevor Stevens said the blaze had been intense. “One of our firemen had to be treated at hospital for smoke inhalation,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said that medical teams were called out at around 3.40 am on Saturday morning.

eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo visited the site on Saturday to offer his condolences to the affected families. He said he hoped that once the cause of the fire had been established, the community would work together to prevent further incidents

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