Home gutted by fire 

2017-07-27 06:02
Fire fighters extinguish the fire at the house in Canelands.Photo: supplied

Fire fighters extinguish the fire at the house in Canelands.Photo: supplied

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MORE than 10 families were left destitute after a fire destroyed their homes in Canelands, Verulam on July 17. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it’s alleged that an unattended candle in one of the rooms fell, causing the flame to spread to other rooms.

The house that was gutted by fire had 10 rooms used by more than 10 families.
The victims lost IDs, school uniforms and other important documents.

Division commander for the Umhlanga Fire Station Jesse Yasudas said when firefighters arrived at the scene the house was engulfed into flames.

“A call was received at about 1pm and by 1.20pm our team arrived at the scene. The house was completely engulfed in flames.
“By 1.37pm the fire was under control and no injuries were reported. We suspect the cause of the fire was the candle that was left unattended in one of the rooms.”

Prem Balram for Reaction Unit SA said his office received a call from residents about a house on fire in Canelands and responded.

Community leader Vincent Khanyile said some of the families were housed in a local crèche.

“The families lost everything when the flames destroyed their homes.
“It was not clear what caused the fire. When I arrived at the scene the house was already on fire. Fire fighters were called to extinguish the flames. 
“We appeal to business people to donate blankets and food to the fire victims. eThekwini Municipality disaster management is assisting the families.”

The incident happened less than a week after residents took to the streets opposing the removal of illegal connections in their
Police used rubber bullets to disperse the protesting residents.


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