House engulfed in flames

2018-04-11 06:01
The house that was burned on Good Friday and what remains of it. PHOTO: byrone athman

The house that was burned on Good Friday and what remains of it. PHOTO: byrone athman

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THE worst kind of news was given to Innocent Hlela on the morning of Good Friday when his friend called after church to say that his house had burned down on Lotus Road. All that remains is the structure.

“At first I told him not to joke but then he said he was being serious and picked me up and took me to my house,” said Hlela, who added that he was in a complete shock when he saw his house.

Hlela recalls how he felt seeing firefighters tend to the flames coming from his house knowing that everything that he owned was now burned. “My mother had to be rushed to the hospital because she had a heart attack after she was washing the clothes outside and heard the dog barking then saw that the house had caught fire,” said Hlela.

His mother has since recovered and was discharged from hospital last Sunday.

He hailed the efforts of his neighbours who tried to help salvage anything they could find of value but said that he has been left without any possessions to his name since the fire. “I have nothing to my name right now. I am trying to see what building materials I can get my hands on so as to build a small shed for my mother to live in for the moment,” said Hlela.

Hlela said that his mother has been to the mayor’s office to seek assistance and Ward 32 councillor Shawn Adkins has said that he would try to help as well.

Appealing to the public, Hlela said that he is not asking for money but is looking for anyone who can donate building materials to him in order for him to begin fixing his house.

“Even a bag of cement will do.

“Anything that can help me with building my house up will be appreciated,” pleaded Hlela. Those who want to help can contact Hlela on 072 888 1630. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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