Family seek help to bury woman killed in shack fire

A woman was killed in a fire that destroyed seven shacks in Wallacedene.

The family of a woman who died in a Wallacedene shack fire are struggling to find the money to bury her.

Domestic worker Carmen Sylvester, 39, died in the blaze that destroyed seven shacks in the early hours of Friday July 29.

Fire crews from Brackenfell, Bellville and Kraaifontein fought the fire at 13 Maroela Street, according to City Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Jermaine Carelse.

“The body of an adult female was discovered underneath the debris of a structure.

“The fire was extinguished at 3.07am and the cause is unknown,” Mr Carelse said.

ANC councillor Siyabonga Duka said Ms Sylvester was from Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape and her family wanted to bury her there.

She had been the family’s breadwinner and left behind 13-year-old twins and a 17-year-old boy, he said.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management spokeswoman Charlotte Powell said the South African Social Security Agency would be asked to help the 17 people whose homes had been destroyed by the fire.