Good Samaritans assist victims of house fire

2013-06-17 00:00

GOOD Samaritans yesterday stepped up to assist the victims of last week’s house fire in the city centre, ensuring they have the basic necessities.

Twelve people were left destitute when their Boom Street house caught fire on Thursday last week.

The Wheatfield Mission visited them yesterday, taking items including clothing, shoes, bedding and some electrical appliances.

The mission’s Trudy Stegen said they read the story about the fire in The Witness last week.

Stegen said she called on her normal donors and a large amount of clothing, curtaining and linen was collected on Friday and Saturday. These were delivered to the affected people yesterday.

She said: “It’s very sad that things like this happen to people and we just hope that things will improve for them.”

One of the victims of the fire, Abdul Malick, who was at work when the fire started, said they were thankful for the help they received. He said they had struggled since the fire.

“I lost everything; the only things I was left with were the clothes on my back.”

Malick said they were forced to move in with friends and did not know when their landlord would repair the house.

Wheatfield Mission has run for some 35 years and serves 2 000 meals in the Woodlands area every Sunday.

“We are a compassionate organisation and we like to help where we can,” said Stegen.

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