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City families face bleak new year after two houses catch fire

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Extensive damage was caused to two houses in 13th Street, Homevale on Thursday afternoon after a fire started at the back of one of the houses that also spread to a semi-detached house.

Loretta Enos, Susan Nyl, Beville Nyl and Jayden Enos (5) outside their house which burnt down earlier today. Pictures: Soraya Crowie

EXTENSIVE damage was caused to two houses in 13th Street, Homevale on Thursday afternoon after a fire started at the back of one of the houses that also spread to a semi-detached house.

The fire brigade was called in to douse the flames that started at the back of the house.

A zinc structure at the back of the house that was used to store carpentry materials caught alight and then spread to the kitchen and back rooms.

The roof of the adjoining semi-detached house also caught alight.

The owner of the house where the fire started, Loretta Enos said that she was in the bathroom when she smelt smoke.

“My stepfather was watching television while the children aged five and three years old, were playing outside at the time. There was a lot of smoke and suddenly the flames started spreading like wildfire. I made sure that everybody was out of the house including the children. Thankfully no one was injured.”

Enos said flammable materials were stored in the zinc shed, at the back of the house including her stepfather’s carpentry materials and clothes that were left behind by previous tenants who were staying on the property.

“The windows of the house were open and the fire must have made the curtains catch alight. We tried our best to put out the flames but did not succeed because of the strong winds. The fire brigade also took about 30 minutes to put out the blaze.”

The owner of the semi-detached house Chantal Badenhorst said community members assisted her in removing all her belongings out of the house after the roof of the bedroom caught alight.

“We moved everything out of the house to prevent it from catching fire. We put off the electricity box to prevent it from exploding. I suffered a lot of damage where my furniture was damaged in the process.”

Sergeant Majang Skalkie said that the Roodepan police had opened an inquiry and were investigating the cause of the fire.