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Couple die in Sondela Nature Reserve fire

2012-09-02 16:32

Polokwane - An elderly couple has been killed in a devastating fire which destroyed a third of the Sondela Nature Reserve in Limpopo, EWN reports.

The fire reportedly had started on a neighbouring property on Saturday afternoon. 

EWN said on Sunday that at least 850 visitors to the reserve had been evacuated, but rescue workers couldn't save the couple.

Almost all of the chalets on the property were razed and about 50 people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Operations manager Mel Meyer told EWN that the flames had been fanned by strong winds.

A video of the devastation was shot by the Helivac/Tromar crew.

Comments
  • mary.kircher - 2012-09-02 17:36

    what a dreadful way to die - RIP

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-02 17:50

    RIP dear couple. Why us it that things are always happening in Limpopo?

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-09-02 18:01

    This is sad, my condolances to the family and loved ones.

  • JackTrend - 2012-09-02 18:12

    so sad, condolences

  • etienne.labuschagne.7 - 2012-09-02 19:18

    Very sad, our condolences to the family. Sondela is by far the best place to camp with great people that work there - our thoughts are with them

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-02 21:33

    Too sad! Very sorry. May God bless and comfort their families.

  • trixie.munroe.5 - 2012-09-03 07:12

    when will people learn not to start fires during the dry, windy season. we lost all of our grazing last week because our 'sonskynhoekie' neighbours decided to illegally burn their garbage. tragedy can be avoided.

  • trixie.munroe.5 - 2012-09-03 07:13

    and forget firebreaks. these fires jump roads and form tornadoes of flames.

  • jude.holtzhausen - 2012-09-03 13:50

    i had my holiday here when i was 6 years old and it was the last time i spent away with my father that died later n in the year... i feel so sad that the park got distoryed and it makes it worse that folks died...

  • deana.boshoff - 2012-09-03 16:59

    Rest in Peace. What a horrible way to die. My father died in a fire two years ago and to this day I get a sickening feeling when I see or smell something burning. My deepest condolences to their families. May God give you the strength and courage to face the future bravely- until we all meet again.

  • marisa.em.louw - 2012-09-03 19:57

    Mrs Van Rooyen was my Afrikaans teacher in primary school and Mr van Rooyen the Headmaster during my high school career. It is 21 years since I've last seen them but they have both left an everlasting impact on my life. This news makes me so sad. There is one thing that I will always remember - how Mr Van Rooyen always used close his eyes and tilt his head while listening to me sing. He was most likely my biggest fan ;) I am so sorry that they had to go in such a horrible way ... may their souls soar free!

  • briangglennox - 2012-09-04 12:19

    Very, Very sad. Our family just spen a wonderful week there. All the staff were outstanding and we are concerned about their future and all the animals: the tame buck, the animals in the Wild Life Centre and all the others.Sondela did not deserve this fate. It was an oasis of nature and very good for the soul.

  • Simerccc - 2012-09-05 14:39

    just saw the video on youtube...i'm totally dumbfounded.

  • deborah.bernhardt.18 - 2012-09-06 10:02

    am devastated....what a terrible thing to happen ...to the people to the animals......its unbearable to think about

  • deborah.bernhardt.18 - 2012-09-06 10:04

    what a terrible thing to happen...am devastated.....the pain and sadness for the elderly couple and all the magnificent animals..... a nightmare!!!!

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