Grocott's Mail

After the Birch’s fire

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From Page 5

At midnight, my other aunt ran into the room, screaming my name and crying, telling us our house was on fire.

We rushed there and went to help the fire fighters, police and ambulance try to open the doors and windows.

But when we eventually got in, we found Charles, my sister Melvinnia, who was 17, and my cousins, Fiona (15) Comienne (10), Caleb (five) and Mikyle (23 months), all lying on the floor where they were trying to escape.

Cyle (five), who is the twin brother of Caleb, was also ly- ing there - but then I realised he was still alive.

I carried him out to the ambulance and he was rushed to hospital. He was the only survivor.

The next day was the saddest part because we had to go to hospital to break the sad news to my aunt, who had been there since the previous day. She was devastated when she heard the news

The next day it was all in the news because the SABC arrived at our house. The Minister of Correction­al Services also came to offer their assistance.

 ?? Photo: Steven Lang ?? A fire fighter chats to children outside the still smoulderin­g ruin of a wing of the Birch's clothing factory in Grahamstow­n. The fire started late on Thursday 13 April and fire fighters remained on site throughout Friday.
Photo: Steven Lang A fire fighter chats to children outside the still smoulderin­g ruin of a wing of the Birch's clothing factory in Grahamstow­n. The fire started late on Thursday 13 April and fire fighters remained on site throughout Friday.

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