Family awoke to house burning down

A fire destroyed what a family used to call home. On Sunday morning, October 7, the black smoke was visible from kilometres away, while fire fighters fought to save what was left. Unfortunately the fire could not be stopped before it divulged the home.


The house that burnt down in Alamein Street on Sunday morning.

Mr Gift Skosana was contacted and he explained that they do not know what caused the fire and they are still awaiting the forensic report.

The Emalahleni Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and extinguished most of the fire. Thereafter, Langamed Fire assisted in making sure that there was nothing left burning.

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As you enter the yard, clothes was thrown on the ground in an attempt to save an outfit for a day or two.

Bystanders watched as the flames destroyed everything in its path and nothing could be done to stop the damage.

Skosana added that the family is in desperate need of tinned food, clothing, blankets and the most necessary items to start up again. The items can be dropped off at 44 Eugene Marais Street.

The clothes sizes are ladies, size 34 and size 28 with shoe size four and six. The men’s trousers are a size 30 with shoe size seven and medium or large shirt size.


The house that burnt down in Alamein Street on Sunday morning.

“Luckily the residents of the house could get out in time before the fire spread too far. No one was injured during the fire,” a bystander on scene said.


The house that burnt down in Alamein Street on Sunday morning.

*A local fire fighter said that houses do not only burn down in winter, due to the cold and residents try to keep warm. He said that as a general observation he’s made numerous times, things like illegal connections, bypassing of prepaid meters and many electrical problems can cause a fire in a house. He said that residents should make sure about the wiring in their homes before they buy or rent, as this can be a very high fire hazard.

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Melissa Nel
JOURNALIST/PHOTOGRAPHER

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