Bisley home gutted after children play with matches on bed

2016-03-30 12:52
The room where the fire broke out in a Bisley home.

The room where the fire broke out in a Bisley home. (Thabang Mathebula, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Children playing with matches on a bed resulted in a Bisley home being extensively damaged by fire on Wednesday.

The parents of the children have praised their child-minder for saving their lives.

Percy Madlala, the father of the two-year-old girl and six-year-old boy, hailed the family’s domestic worker for taking them to safety before the fire intensified.

Fire investigators were busy at the scene of the fire that gutted part of the home yesterday.

“The most important thing is the lives of my children. When I received a call about the house the first thing I asked was if they were fine. I was told the nanny took them out of the house but when she returned the fire was already burning fiercely. She did the right thing,” said Madlala.

No injuries were reported.

Fire investigator Rodney Trenam said yesterday that the fire resulted from children playing with matches on a bed.

Fire department officer Nathi Mchunu, who was at the scene, said the domestic worker was extremely shocked.

Mchunu said investigators were called in as the fire fighters were battling with the blaze.

“The damage was very bad. The entire house is smoke-damaged and one bedroom where the fire started was gutted. There was also water damage as an aluminium pipe transporting water to the geyser melted and the water was flooding down from the ceiling,” said Mchunu.


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