Fire victims need help

Fires ripped through one house and one shack in Bonteheuwel last week.

A house and three wendy houses were damaged in two fires in Bonteheuwel, one of which was caused by children playing with matches.

The families are now in need of help to get their lives back on track.

The first fire, which occurred on Wednesday November 28, displaced five children and five adults in Prunus Street where three wendy houses burnt down at about 5.30pm. Constance September, whose mother lives in the main house, said when the family returned from the mall they saw the flames.

“No one knows what happened; everything burnt to the ground. We have nothing,” she said.

Ms September said all of the windows in the front house were also shattered by the heat.

Thirty minutes later, a fire ripped through a house in Firethorn Street owned by an elderly couple.

The City of Cape Town’s fire and rescue services spokesman, Theo Layne, said this fire had been caused by children playing with matches while the cause of the first fire, which had taken nearly two hours to extinguish, was unknown.

He said that in Prunus Street one man had suffered smoke inhalation and was treated by the fire and rescue services but refused transportation to hospital while in the second fire no injuries were reported.

Two fire engines, one water tanker and one rescue vehicle with 14 firefighters were dispatched to both incidents separately.

Bonteheuwel ward councillor, Angus Mckenzie, said neighbouring residents from Syringa Street had provided the families with food for the evening.

“Our appeal is for the people of Bonteheuwel and beyond to assist these five families in which ever way you can.

“Donations can directly be dropped with the families or at my office in Kiaat Avenue, Bonteheuwel,” he said.

He added that relief and support from the City of Cape Town would be provided for the families.