Fire destroys 10 houses

2017-10-05 06:00
DA councillor Dolly Munien (left) talks to fire victims Maria Mazeka and her husband, Morgan Govender.

DA councillor Dolly Munien (left) talks to fire victims Maria Mazeka and her husband, Morgan Govender.

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Govender said he could only remove his DVD player, TV and ID.
“I heard the neighbour’s child alerting us that one house was on fire.
“I went out to investigate and saw huge flames and thick smoke. I took some stuff that was in the house and ran outside. The furniture, clothes and everything that was inside the house was burnt.”

Residents asked local authorities to get them temporary accommodation.
DA councillor Dolly Munien said: “I feel so sorry for the residents who were affected and young children who lost their uniforms and school exercise books.
“The fire victims must go to the police station and make an affidavit.”

SAPS Tongaat spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane said no case had been opened.

“Faulty electricity cables were suspected to have caused the fire. The fire was successfully extinguished by fire fighters.”

Division commander for Umhlanga Fire Station Jay Kanniappen said two vehicles were dispatched to the scene.

“We suspected that the fire was a result of unattended cooking items left on a stove. No one sustained injuries.”

Ward councillor Zanele Khumalo who was first at the scene said the affected families received blankets from Disaster Management.

“The fire victims will be house at their neighbour’s houses until the Human Settlements Department give them assistance.

“We are working very hard to ensure that they get the assistance they deserve.

“I would like to make it clear that the incident was not related to illegal connections. Frasers was electrified a long time ago.”

Khumalo said she was due to meet with the officials from different departments on Wednesday in order to sought assistance for the fire victims.


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