Tears for baby who died in fire

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SIBONGAKONKE MAMA

RES­I­DENTS of Black­berry Street in Bon­te­heuwel bid farewell to eight- month- old Kau­thar Abrahams yes­ter­day af­ter she died in a fire at her home on Thurs­day.

Res­i­dents gath­ered out­side the house of the Abrahams’ rel­a­tives where lit­tle Kau­thar’s body was pre­pared for burial.

Rel­a­tives and neigh­bours wept, and were too dis­traught to speak to Week­end Ar­gus.

Kau­thar died on Thurs­day just be­fore 11pm when a fire de­stroyed the wendy house she was in.

Disas­ter risk man­age­ment spokesman Wil­fred Solomon­sJo­hannes said Kau­thar’s grand­mother, Aisha Abrahams, 57, fought hard to save her grand­daugh­ter.

Abrahams was also rushed to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment for smoke in­hala­tion.

Kau­thar’s par­ents were al­legedly out­side the wendy house when the fire started, said Solomon- Jo­hannes, adding that an unat­tended over­turned can­dle might have been the cause.

“Pre­ced­ing events lead­ing to the tragic in­ci­dent are un­clear and the South African Po­lice Ser­vices have opened a case docket to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent,” he said.

In a sep­a­rate fire, 11 peo­ple were left home­less af­ter the blaze de­stroyed parts of the Fisan­tekraal in­for­mal set­tle­ment yes­ter­day.

The fire, which broke out just af­ter 10am, de­stroyed one for­mal dwelling and two back­yard shacks, said Solomon­sJo­hannes.

The 11 res­i­dents es­caped un­harmed.

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