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'The dads ran into the fire to save their children' - friend of 9 people who died in Kalahari fire

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Blinkwater lodge that caught fire.
Blinkwater lodge that caught fire.
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In the minutes after the Blinkwater lodge in the Kalahari caught fire, Hendri Carstens and Frans Davin braved the flames in a last-ditch attempt to save their children.

The Carstens, Bauer and Davin families, all living in the Witzenberg region, were staying in the lodge when the wooden structure caught fire shortly after 01:00, trapping several people inside.

Herman Botha, close family friend of the three families, told News24 that Hendri and Frans's heroic effort left them injured and that they had to be airlifted to hospital. 

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