Crescent’s guardian angel

2017-03-21 06:02
Lucien da Silva gets a hug from his guardian angel, his cousin Jessica Dickson, with ward councillor Helen Jacobs in front of the rubble that was once his home in Factreton.PHOTO: gary van dyk

Lucien da Silva gets a hug from his guardian angel, his cousin Jessica Dickson, with ward councillor Helen Jacobs in front of the rubble that was once his home in Factreton.PHOTO: gary van dyk

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A fire destroyed the belongings of a family in Factreton on Friday, but a guardian angel was on hand in Glider Crescent to save the life of their six-year-old son.

When Lance and Nicole da Silva left home for work that morning they had no idea what fate had in store for them.

In just a few hours their lives were turned upside down with all their belongings destroyed in a fire. But they are relieved their son is safe thanks to the quick action of his cousin.

Nicole explains that while she was on her way to work she received the call that their home was on fire.

“I can’t explain what went through my mind at that moment,” she says. “All I wanted to know was if my son Lucien was fine, so that was some relief. But I could not imagine the destruction that I saw when I got home.

“Everything was gone, and I just wondered how did my son get out of that because we left him asleep at home with my cousin on her way to look after him because he was not feeling well and we kept him out of school.

“She turned out to be his guardian angel in this situation.”

Nicole’s cousin Jessica Dickson explains that when she arrived at the house, she dropped something in the main house on the property. When she went to the wendy house she noticed smoke coming from one of the windows.

“My first thought was for Lucien and I rushed in to find him,” she says. “I first looked on his bed but he was not there and there were already flames under his bed. Luckily he had moved to his parents’ bed when they left and I picked him up and took him to the main house.

“When I went back to see if I could save anything, the flames were already out of control and there was nothing that we could do to save the structure.”

Lance was also very happy that his son was safe but distraught that the destruction will also be playing havoc with their studies (he and his wife are studying Business Management).

“All our documents relating to our studies are gone, the assignments that I am busy working on will have to be started again, but we have to live with it. I’m just glad that Lucien is safe,” he says.

“We still don’t know how the fire started because there were no open flames and all the appliances were switched off.”

Lance had to leave the chaos of the situation at home to write an exam on Friday evening.

Ward 56 councillor Helen Jacobs visited to offer support to the family. She says the disaster management team would offer the family material to rebuild their home.

She was concerned about the incidents of fire in the area in recent weeks.

“In the past few weeks about 60 to 70 shacks have been destroyed by fire in this area,” she says.

“While some have been caused by negligence with the burning of wires and candles falling over, there is a concern about some fires that are still being investigated.

“In this vicinity there have been about four fires involving wendy houses on properties where the victims are more careful.”

Jacobs added: “I try to help in all these incidents, so people can just call the council office if they have some donations.”

V If you would like to help with donations call Nicole da Silva on 062 323 2822 or the councillor’s office on 021 593 5802.

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