Heavy loss for Factreton families

2017-11-07 06:00
Factreton resident Louise Jones, holding her deceased brother’s daughter, as her husband inspects the fire damage to their home.PHOTO: NOMZAMO YUKU

Factreton resident Louise Jones, holding her deceased brother’s daughter, as her husband inspects the fire damage to their home.PHOTO: NOMZAMO YUKU

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A 37-year-old man was burnt to death and his family lost all their possessions in a fire when four houses burned at Glider Crescent in Factreton on Saturday.

The fire razed three wendy houses and an RDP house at 02:15. About 14 people were left homeless. Survivors are between the ages of two and 62.

The cause of the fire is still ­unknown.

Louise Jones says her brother Ernest Cupido died while he was trying to save his daughter.

“Everyone evacuated and we heard someone screaming, saying the baby was inside. He ran back to look for her but we then found his daughter with us outside and called him back. It was too late, the blaze was moving very fast and he was caught inside. We could not save him. I can still hear him crying for help and that’s what is killing all of us – we could not save him when he needed us the most,” Jones says in tears. “We did not just lose our belongings but a father, a brother and a son. We cannot explain the pain we are going through right now.”

Cupido is survived by his mother, wife, sisters and four children. He was a breadwinner.

The fire destroyed everything and the families are pleading for help to restore their lives and start funeral arrangements. They have to apply for documentation and need food, clothes, bedding and material to rebuild the houses.

Ward councillor Helen Jacobs says officials went to investigate the scene and pay their condolences to the family. She says they will provide help as soon as possible.

Kensington police spokesperson Sergeant Angeline Grill says police also visited the scene and are investigating the cause of the fire.

V To help the victims call Louise Jones on 061 845 6080.

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