Domestic argument ends in flames

2009-04-19 00:00

A domestic argument ended in more than 50 people from the Jika Joe settlement in Ash Road being left homeless after 11 shacks were razed by fire on Friday night.

According to the uMsunduzi Fire Department operations manager Essack Khan, it is alleged that a woman torched her boyfriend’s shack after an argument. The fire quickly spread to surrounding shacks.

Nellie Dlamini (23) whose shack was completely gutted by the fire, lost all her possessions.

Dlamini yesterday told The Witness she was preparing supper when she “heard this big crackling sound of a fire”.

“I had to run for my life leaving all my belongings behind. I am left with only the clothing I am wearing,” she said.

Another resident left homeless was Tulanina Phungula (60), whose seven children and grandchildren live with her.

“Everything happened so quickly that I couldn’t save any of our belongings,” she said.

Wiseman Zamakuhle (20) said that the fire spread so quickly, the residents had little or no time at all to save their belongings.

“Most of the men who live in some of the shacks were working night shift and only discovered that their shacks had been destroyed when they returned home on Saturday morning.”

He said his family is waiting for relief aid from the uMsunduzi Municipality Disaster Management.

SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that police are investigating how the fire started.

Residents said yesterday that the woman who is alleged to have started the fire, has disappeared.

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