House gutted in informal settlement

A house at the Swapo informal settlement near Copesville was gutted to the ground early on Monday morning after the family living there had left at 5am.
The neighbours called the Pietermaritzburg Fire Department after seeing smoke and flames. The Fire Department responded swiftly and managed to extinguish the fire.
Pietermaritzburg Fire Department station officer, Palous Nene, said they were finding out what the cause was.
“We suspect that it could possibly be children playing in the vicinity and might have thrown something into the laundry basket through the window. There is no stove in the home. So we suspect something was thrown in,” he said
The owner, Thabangile Mchunu, a mother of five, said she had left her infant son at the neighbour’s home and the rest of the family left the home.
“I am a domestic worker so we left early. My other four children had left in search of employment. We don’t have anything now. I am very heartbroken. We have no beds or blankets,” said Mchunu.

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Shorné Bennie

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