Teen sees fire go over dad 'like a wave'

2012-08-13 10:41
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Johannesburg - A 16-year-old girl could only watch as her father burnt to death as they fought a veld fire on their farm in Tzaneen.

Anicka Brandt was helping her father, Thinus, fight a veld fire on their farm when the flames turned against him and he was unable to get away, reported Beeld.

Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the farmer drove towards the fire on his tractor and tried to put out the flames with water, but the wind was too strong.

“The flames weren’t so bad and could’ve been put out but it was the wind that made it worse,” said Thinus’s wife, Ansie.

She said her daughter told her that her husband had got down from the tractor when he saw the flames coming towards him.

“But it was too late. My daughter said the fire went over him like a wave,” she said.

The teen was given a sedative and her mother sadly noted that she wished her daughter had not seen her father burn to death.

Devastating veld fires have been raging in the Tzaneen area in Limpopo since last week.

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