Granny thanks neighbours for coming to the rescue

One of the bedrooms that was scorched in the fire.

A granny cannot thank her neighbours enough for springing into action to help put out a fire at her house in Blagden Street, Cafda, over the weekend.

No one was seriously injured in the fire on Saturday May 28, but the City’s Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Jermaine Carelse, said a boy and a girl had been treated for smoke inhalation.

The emergency call was received at 12.27pm, he said, and fire crews from Lakeside and Wynberg were on scene with two fire engines, a water tanker and a rescue vehicle.

“The fire was extinguished at approximately 1.12pm. Two bedrooms were affected, with a partial roof collapse and the cause of the fire is unknown,” said Mr Carelse.

Laaiqah Samsodien, 60, said she had seen smoke coming from her granddaughter’s room as she approached her house. “I went to fetch my granddaughter but she had already left for home when I got to the school.”

Ms Samsodien said she questioned her grandchildren, a girl aged 14, and two boys aged 8 and 7, but they said they did not know how the fire started.

Ms Samsodien said everything happened very fast but she must commend her neighbours for coming in droves to help them. “I want to thank all of them.”

Another room was damaged in the fire.

Velda Williams, her opposite neighbour agreed, saying: “Everyone in the street, young and old, had a bucket of water to throw on the fire and they managed to prevent the fire from spreading, until the fire brigade came.”

Ms Samsodien said she was relieved that her grandchildren had not been injured but noted that “the Fire and Rescue Service treated my grandson and granddaughter in the ambulance until they were okay”.

Ms Samsodien said the damages to her roof and ceiling would make a dent in her pocket, but acknowledged her neighbour who had offered to fix it. “I don’t have money to fix the house as I just started working again at a CMT (cut, make and trim) place,” she said.

Rubble from the furniture that was destroyed at a Blagden Street house, in Cafda.

She said her microwave was burned and the children’s shoes, clothes, beds and cupboards were destroyed. “My daughter is also living with me and her clothes are also burnt out,” she said.

Anyone who would like to help the family can contact Ms Samsodien on 060 336 4061.