- A fire broke out recently at an informal settlement in Cape Town
- Aphelele Ntsukumbini, a 10-year-old boy, heroically rescued his mom and cousin from their burning shack
- Sadly, his 1-year-old nephew perished in the blaze, which also rendered 70 people homeless
A 10-year-old boy in Cape Town heroically saved his mom and two-year-old cousin from their burning shack on Monday.
GroundUp reports that a fire broke out at Kwa 5, Doornback informal settlement, rendering around 70 people homeless.
Aphelele Ntsukumbini was the first in his family to realise their shack was on fire. He quickly took his cousin out before returning for his mom, Nondingazi Ntsukumbini.
Aphelele had earlier woken up his mom, but she fell and the fire was already burning her right arm. He managed to pull her out to safety.
Sadly, Aphelele's infant nephew perished in the blaze, Briefly.co.za gathered. Nondingazi received treatment at a local community health centre for her burnt arm.
She was left almost speechless by her son's heroic action as she recalled the moment she fell and was helpless. Aphelele expressed regret that he couldn't rescue his one-year-old nephew as well.
City of Cape Town fire and rescue spokesperson, Theo Layne, revealed that the inferno razed down 30 shacks. Its cause remains unknown, he added.
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