Durban domestic worker dashes into burning home to save trapped twins

By Jacques Myburgh
17 January 2017

The fire was raging inside the three-year-old twins' room.

If it wasn’t for their brave housekeeper, a Durban family would have lost its three-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. On Monday a fire started inexplicably in the house while the youngsters were at home.

The fire started on the top floor of the house in Durban North.

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According to Kyle van Reenen, a spokesperson for Marshall Security, neighbours raised the alarm when they saw smoke pouring out of the top storey. He says paramedics and security officials raced to the house.

“It would appear that the fire was contained in a room on the second floor of the home... It was the room the children were in,” he says.

The twins suffered burns to half their bodies and were taken to the Umhlanga Hospital. Read more: One month later: Polokwane schoolboy battling after horrific firecracker accident When the domestic worker saw the flames she braved the fire and ran up to the second floor, grabbed the twins and raced out of the house. The fire brigade was able to put out the fire before it spread to the ground floor.

“If those kids were not brought out they could have suffered fatal injuries,” fire brigade division commander Jesse Yasudas told East Coast Radio..

The courageous woman was taken to Addington Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

Chris Botha of Netcare 911 says the twins are still in a critical condition in hospital. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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