Four months after eight family members perished in a fire at their home, their surviving relatives have started to rebuild the gutted house.
For the first time since the devastating blaze in June, homeowner Patrick Abrahams last week walked through the debris of his MacBeth Street house in Eastridge, Mitchells Plain.
The remaining walls were demolished and the house will be built from scratch.
He says: “It will be painful because of the lives lost in the fire, but we look forward to starting over.”
His daughter Gloria Fredericks, 31, lost three children in the fire that engulfed their home early on Saturday, June 12.
Gloria’s boyfriend, Alfonso Swartz, 35, her brothers Kyle Abrahams, 18, Joshua Abrahams, 13 and her sister Nikita Abrahams, three, as well as her cousin Arafaat Madatt, 14, all passed away in the devastating fire.
Gloria, who is now eight months pregnant with her and Alfonso’s child, have been living with friends.
“On Monday the bank called to say they will rebuild our home because it was insured,” she explains.
“I’m happy that we will be in our own space again after living with a church member. It won’t be the same living here without my children. I still hear and see them around me.”
The house will be completed by mid-November but the family is in need of furniture, crockery, bedding and clothing.
Call Gloria on 060 358 0558 if you’d like to assist.