When dad Brighton Ncube, 29, left his sleeping child at home to run a quick errand, he never imagined it would be the last time he saw her alive.
He returned home to find his house burnt to the ground, and his seven-year-old daughter, his only child, dead.
It is believed the blaze was caused by a flat screen TV which short-circuited in the Zimbabwean family’s vibacrete separate entrance.
Little Ada Ncube had been fast asleep while her father left their Shaanti Street home in Gatesville to fetch her mother Ropa from work in Mowbray yesterday morning.
In a matter of minutes their home was on fire, with a trapped Ada inside.
The little girl’s remains were found on top of a table inside the separate entrance.
It is believed she tried to escape the flames by climbing on top of the table but was overcome by the smoke.
Brighton’s aunt, Khanyisa Ncube, 38, says he called her, crying on the phone.
He told her he had switched off all the electrical appliances except the television.
“He only left her alone for a few minutes when he fetched his wife in Mowbray,” she says.
“He was called by his landlords to say their home was on fire.
“There is speculation that it was the flat screen television which started the fire but we cannot say.”
Khanyisa says the Grade 2 meisie who attended Starling Primary School was the couple’s only child and that they had been living as tenants at the Gatesville home for 18 months.
Neighbourhood watch member, Fowzie Veerasamy, says mense tried to douse the flames but the fire was too strong.
The station commander of the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service, Theo Layne, says the cause of the fire is being investigated by SAPS.