Three people die in shack fire in KTC

2019-12-12 06:01

KTC residents are reeling after three people died in a shack fire on Tuesday 10 December, at Saba Street.

The fire broke out in the early hours and the cause was unclear at the time of going to print.

A man and two women lost their lives during tragic incident. The shack was in the backyard of Lungiswa Maluka.

Commenting on the incident Maluka said they were woken up by the neighbours telling them that the shack was on fire. “When we went out the whole shack was covered in flames. There was no way that we could rescue the deceased,” said Maluka.

She said the shack belonged to Farai, who died in the fire. “We don’t know where the other people were coming from. I think they were Farai’s friends,” she stated.

Farai’s brother Innocent Magomo, who is staying in Delft, said he last saw Farai on Saturday 7 December when he visited his house.

“As a family we are so devastated. We didn’t expect this and it’s hard to believe,” he said.

Magomo described his brother as a people’s person. “Farai was a quiet person. He loved people. He used to drink but he was not a heavy drinker,” he emphasised.

He could not confirm the funeral arrangements, saying the family must still meet to decide.

The City’s fire and rescue spokesperson Jermaine Carelse confirmed the incident.

He said it was after 05:00 when the City’s fire and rescue service responded to a call about an informal structure that was on fire.

“The first officer who arrived at the scene was informed that three persons were unaccounted for. Firefighting and search and rescue operations ensued immediately but despite their valiant efforts the bodies of an adult male and two female minors were discovered,” said Carelse.

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