Cape Town – A fire that broke out in the Waterloo area, north of Durban, left one man dead and destroyed a number of homes in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to a statement by Reaction Unit SA (RUSA), the remains of the 38-year-old man were found after the fire on Ithemba Lama Africa Road.
RUSA reportedly received calls about a fire and a team was dispatched to the area at around about 01:00.
“On arrival, Reaction Officers found that several homes on one property engulfed in flames. Residents were attempting to extinguish the fire with buckets of water. The Ethekwini Fire & Rescue Services arrived shortly thereafter and battled the blaze,” read the statement.
The charred remains of the deceased were found among the debris, said the statement.
“According to the brother of the deceased, he was asleep in the main building when his wife alerted him to the fire. As he exited the main building, he found his tenants salvaging valuables from several single-room makeshift homes situated in the property. The fire spread rapidly through the rest of the buildings while the victim was still inside one of the wood and iron homes. The main building was also extensively damaged in the fire,” the statement said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Picture: Facebook/ Reaction Unit SA
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo