Family unharmed after fire in room

2015-07-22 06:00
LUCKY: Fezakiah Remmelien with the chair that was burned by an unattended candle.               
Sidwell Guduka

LUCKY: Fezakiah Remmelien with the chair that was burned by an unattended candle. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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A MOTHER and her baby escaped unhurt after a candle had caused a fire in her bedroom.

The incident happened in Bergman Square, Mangaung, Bloemfontein, on Wednesday night (08/07).

Fezakiah Remmelien (20), her baby boy Rechane (six months) and her younger sister Yolanda (19) were asleep in the same bedroom at their home when a fire broke out.

The fire was apparently caused by a candle that had been left burning on top of a chair next to their bed. The candle melted and burned the chair before setting fire to a towel that was hanging over the chair.

The three managed to escape unhurt from the roaring flames.

“Eskom had cut the electricity in our area that night.

“We lit a candle and put it on top of a chair to light up the bedroom. It was attached to a plastic cap of a tea flask,” Fezakiah told Express.

“We fell asleep while the candle was still burning. We were awoken by our aunt Isabella (Grootboom) who was sleeping in the other bedroom after she had smelled smoke in the house. We heard her screaming something about fire and jumped from our bed. I grabbed Rechane as I ran from the room,” she said.

“There was a big fire and the room was filled with smoke. We were all frightened. Luckily our bed didn’t catch fire. Otherwise, we would have been hurt. I thank God that nobody were injured,” she added.

Fezakiah said Isabella was their heroine on the night as she had saved their lives. She managed to put out the fire with water before it could spread.

“We want to thank her for saving our lives. She is our heroine. Who knows what would have happened if she had not been in the house at the time?” asked Fezakiah. We normally sleep very late but we went to bed at around 19:00 as there was load shedding on Wednesday. We were frustrated because we couldn’t watch our favourite soapies,” she said.

When asked to give advice to people who use candles, Fezakiah said: “Candles should always be fully extinguished when you go to bed. People should also ensure that they put burning candles where it is safe and will not cause a fire.”

Rechane was taken to the doctor on Thursday to get medical attention for smoke inhalation

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