Monday, 4 February 2013

Fire claims 3 lives of family in Mitchell’s – 2 other critical in hospital

A fire occurred at 23:19 last night [Sunday, 03 February 2013] at 55 Maureen Road, Tafelsig in Mitchell’s Plain.

The blaze completely destroyed the brick and mortar building under corrugated roof; and a backyard dwelling adjoining to the main building.

The persons lost all their furniture, appliances and personal effects due to the devastating fire.

Christina Lotz (67 years) was admitted to the GF Jooste Hospital and suffered deep partial thickness burn wounds. Her condition is stable, however, she will be transferred to the Tygerberg Hospital for further medical treatment.

Nathan Claassen (7 weeks) was admitted to the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital that suffered full thickness burn wounds – his condition is stable. The paediatricians at the hospital anticipate performing surgery on him this forthcoming Wednesday.

The inferno claimed the lives of Charlene Simmons (6 years), Minnie Simmons (42 years) and Amanda Claassen (19 years).

Nathan Claassen, only a few weeks old lost his mother Amanda Claassen in the fire.

The City’s disaster response teams were activated to assist the family in crisis with humanitarian relief aid that consists of food, blankets, clothing and building material; including trauma counselling.

The circumstances regarding the occurrence of the incident is been investigated and the SAPS have opened an inquest docket.


Issued by: Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

Source: Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects & Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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