Knysna family finds hope in the ashes

KNYSNA — Buried in the wreckage of the devastating Knysna fires, one family has found some hope in their gutted home.

Amongst the debris and soot, the Kapp family, whose cottage was completely destroyed, found Colette Kapp’s wedding ring undamaged.

The Kapp family, who returned to South Africa in January from Australia, had rented the cottage from a family member.

They decided to evacuate the premises last Wednesday when their home was surrounded by smoke.

The Kapps, along with their two sons — Evan (8) and Owen (6) — fled with just the clothes on their backs. Later that evening, Kapp realised that she had left the ring, that her husband had made for her 13 years ago, behind in the inferno.

Kapp said she felt sad about leaving the ring behind, as it had sentimental value.

Her husband, Neil, returned to the cottage to search for the ring.

“... He was there for about an hour-and-a-half before he found it,” said Kapp.

She was elated when the ring was returned to her and was surprised it wasn’t damaged. — News24.

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