Couple and baby die in Fisantekraal shack fire

Nombulelo Koyina walks through the scene of a shack fire where a couple and their baby died. PICTURE: BHEKI RADEBE

A couple and their baby died in a fire that destroyed six shacks in Fisantekraal early on Monday.

Their bodies were found under the debris after the blaze was extinguished at about 2.30am, said City Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Jermaine Carelse.

The fire department had received the call about the fire in Saartjie Baartman Street at about 12.50am and crews from Durbanville, Kraaifontein and Atlantis had been dispatched to the scene, he said.

A man with 30% burns had been taken to hospital, said Mr Carelse.

The cause of the fire was unknown, he said.

Provincial police spokesman Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said they had opened an inquest case for investigation.

Mbulelo Koyina, who stays in a house on the same property, said the 8-month-old baby’s father had come to the house during load shedding at about 1.30am looking for a candle.

“I was concerned because he was drunk, and I told him to be careful with burning candles,” she said.

Moments later, she was woken by a banging sound and saw shacks on fire.

“Unfortunately the three did not make it out,” she said.

The fire in the early hours of Monday destroyed six shacks. PICTURE: BHEKI RADEBE