A 77-year-old ouma has died while her grandson and a two-year-old relative are fighting for their lives after a fire destroyed their home.
The family’s two dogs also died in the blaze at their Cornflour Street home in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain, yesterday morning.
Charlotte Felix, 77, had been fast asleep inside her maisonette, which she shared with her only daughter, Marion Felix, 52, grandsons, Reuben Felix, William Felix, 19 and two-year-old relative, Cody Michaels, when the fire started.
William and Cody are believed to be in a critical condition.
Marion, who was asleep in a bedroom upstairs with Cody, raced downstairs when she realised their home was on fire.
She believes a candle may have been the cause of the fire.
“We only had one light in the lounge and were using candles.
“I woke up smelling smoke and I saw Reuben trying to get my mother out, William was also inside that room.
“But we couldn’t get close enough, the smoke was too thick.”
Marion says Reuben kicked in part of the window, saving their lives.
“Reuben kicked a plank open which was part of the window and got me outside,” she explains.
“The fire department managed to get everyone outside.
“My mother was black in colour because of the smoke and they tried to save her,” she says of deceased Charlotte.
Marion explains Cody, who is a son of a relative is being treated at Red Cross children’s hospital while William is in a coma at Tygerberg Hospital.
Liezl Moodie of the City’s Fire and Rescue Services says the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.