Fierce fire de­stroys Mzingazi home

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Gugu Myeni

A Mzingazi fam­ily has been left des­ti­tute af­ter a fire gut­ted their home on Mon­day morn­ing.

The fam­ily of eight, in­clud­ing a 7-month-old baby, has been left with noth­ing but the clothes they were wear­ing when the blaze tore through their house.

Lethiwe Mfeka and her sis­ters, Nokuthula and No­musa Ndlela, who are the ma­tri­archs of the fam­ily, said they are all still grap­pling with the loss.

‘I was in the house when the fire started and I still don’t have the words to ex­plain how quickly this all hap­pened.

‘I was sit­ting in the lounge eat­ing por­ridge and had been plan­ning to take a bath af­ter­wards. My son ran into the lounge say­ing there was fire in the bed­room.

‘Then I started see­ing smoke com­ing out of the bed­room and into the pas­sage.

‘We tried to put the fire out but it was spread­ing so quickly, we had no time to save any­thing - we just had to get out,’ said a vis­i­bly emo­tional Mfeka.

Mfeka (65) said all they could sal­vage be­fore the blaze de­stroyed the struc­ture, was her late brother’s car which was parked in the garage.

‘They man­aged to push it out be­fore the fire got to the garage.

‘But ev­ery­thing else that we all own in­clud­ing our iden­tity doc­u­ments, the chil­dren’s birth cer­tifi­cates, pen­sion card, fur­ni­ture and food is gone.

‘We are just grate­ful that no one was in­jured,’ she said.

The fam­ily has now been forced to move into a di­lap­i­dated struc­ture on the premises which had been turned into a chicken coop.

‘We moved to Mzingazi from Est­court in 1964 and we built a small two bed­room house and we lived there for some time.

‘I work as a cleaner and when the first con­tract for the com­pany I worked for ended, the pay­out I re­ceived was put into build­ing a new house, and the old house we turned into a chicken coop.

‘All we had was in this home, and watch­ing it go up in flames is hard. We now have to start from the be­gin­ning,’ Nokuthula said.

Neigh­bours have pulled to­gether to help them with food af­ter the fire and uM­folozi Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment has as­sisted with mat­tresses and blan­kets.

The ZO’s char­ity arm DICE (Do I Care Enough?) has do­nated food and cloth­ing.

Gugu Myeni

Lethiwe Mfeka, No­musa Ndlela and Nokuthula Ndlela stand in the ru­ins of their home

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