Man commits arson after Waterfall family takes him in

2016-04-12 06:00
The house that was set on fire. Photo: steven King

The house that was set on fire. Photo: steven King

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TRAGDEY struck a family in Waterfall last week when their house that they rented was allegedly set on fire by a person that they took in to help.

According to Hillcrest SAPS CPF public relations officer Steven King, the family of three has lost quite a bit in the fire along with two of their dogs who died as a result of the smoke.

He said that the family was on their way home when the vehicle they were travelling in broke down on Fields Hill.
“A guy called Shane stopped to assist the family. He told them that he drives between Durban and Pietermarizburgh and stops to help motorists whose cars have broken down. He does this to earn money.”

“The guy assisted the family and even helped them get new parts for their vehicle, which he also wired.”

King said a week later Shane arrived at the family’s home unannounced and said that his car had broken down and he had no money.

“The owner of the house invited Shane in for supper and offered him a place to stay for the night. Shane stayed with the family for one week while he “tried” to fix his car.”

He became a part of the family and socialized with them daily, King said.

However on Thursday after the family left for work and school they received frantic calls from neighbours informing them that their house was on fire.

Police have since discovered that Shane’s car was a stolen vehicle and that numerous electronic equipment was stolen from their house.

King said neighbours had seen Shane leaving the property on Thursday morning and they saw smoke coming from the house.

“A passing neighbour had seen him pushing his car and stopped to help. She saw smoke coming from the house, but he told her everything was under control. After he had gone, she went back to the house, saw it was on fire and called for help.

“Police are investigating a case of arson,” added King.

Anyone wanting more information on the case or
willing to assist the family can contact King on 0829205799.

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