Heartbreak left in ashes

2017-03-14 06:02
Nolitha Bolo is heartbroken following the loss of her belongings in a shack fire.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Nolitha Bolo is heartbroken following the loss of her belongings in a shack fire.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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About 10 families who lost their shacks in a fire in Vrygrond last week are trying to rebuild their lives but their loss still feels unbearable.

About 25 people were left homeless after a fire gutted their shacks.

Tracy Whitaker, a spokesperson of the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services, says they responded to wood and iron structures burning in Philemon Road.

The section has no electricity and the residents suspect that a candle might have caused the fire but that is still to be determined.

One of the victims, Nolitha Bolo, can’t talk about her loss without breaking down.

“I left my house to go fetch my child at school. When I came back I couldn’t believe my eyes, everything was engulfed by a huge flame. I couldn’t take anything out. Most of the people were at work, so a lot of us lost everything. It’s such a pain to see that we have nothing after working so hard for it. We are just glad that no-one was injured or lost their life in the fire,” she says.

Bolo says she had to take her child to her mother as she didn’t want her daughter to see their loss.

“I just couldn’t deal with my child being here and seeing our pain. It still feels like we are dreaming. We are trying to build and forget but it’s so painful for us,” she says.

A father of one, Silas Mwazikana says his daughter is in hospital and that makes everything ­difficult.

“She is only two weeks old and she inhaled a lot of smoke. It’s just too difficult to rebuild because I’m worried about my child. It’s such a pain, I was called from work and when I came back everything had burnt down to the ground.”


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