Siblings killed in raging inferno

2014-11-04 00:00

A SEARING inferno claimed the lives of three helpless children, including a six-month-old baby, at Cinderella Park inform-al settlement in Eastwood on Saturday.

The children, who were left alone in their home, had no means of escape as the flames engulfed the walls around them.

Along with the entire house, the lives of Sbonga Dlamini (5) and his siblings, aged two and six months, were destroyed.

Neighbours, who asked not to be named, said the children’s mother, Nomasonto Dlamini, had gone to a local scrapyard and left the children behind, when tragedy struck.

The neighbour’s child saw a large cloud of dark smoke and ran to tell other neighbours.

She said the community tried to put out the fire, but all their attempts were in vain as the flames leaped higher.

“We were not aware that there were children inside. During the blaze the children’s mother arrived and said she had left them inside. We started searching and found their remains. It was the most traumatic experience in my entire life,” she said.

It is not clear what caused the fire, but the neighbour suspect the children may have been playing with matches.

“It was too late when the firefighters and emergency services arrived. The roof had fallen in and there was nothing they could do to rescue the children.”

Another neighbour told The Witness that Dlamini and her family members visited the scene yesterday morning to collect whatever remains of her children she could find.

“They were carrying the bones in a plastic bin. It was saddening and heartbreaking. We are still shocked,” said the neighbour.

The children’s mother could not be contacted yesterday.

The neighbour said the children’s father, identified as Sikhumbuzo Gasa, collapsed when he arrived at the scene. “He kept on asking where are his children were and cried before collapsing,” she said.

He was taken to Northdale Hospital.

Gasa was not in a condition to comment when he was visited in hospital. Nurses said he was sedated and was not allowed to talk to the media.

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