Huge fire destroys Durban children's home, sparking appeals for well-wishers to help

Huge fire destroys Durban children's home, sparking appeals for well-wishers to help

- The fire broke out on Tuesday evening

- The Edith Benson Children's Home housed 57 children

- Fortunately, no injuries or casualties were reported

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A massive fire gutted through the Edith Benson Children's Home in Durban on Tuesday evening, 20 February.

The home provided shelter for 57 children between the ages of three months and five years, Briefly.co.za learned.

Fortunately, they were all rescued and relocated to another facility, according to East Coast Radio. One person, believed to be a staff member, was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze has not yet been established. Although firefighters responded swiftly, it took them about two hours to put it out.

Durban Fire's Justin Bateman said:

On arrival, we found that the staff and security had done an amazing job and evacuated 57 children aged between 3-months and 5-years.

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The fire spread through the roof quickly. Source: East Coast Radio

The fire spread through the roof quickly. Source: East Coast Radio

Videos of the inferno were circulated on social media, sparking calls for well-wishers to make donations in aid of the home.

Councillor Warren Burne said some of the items needed include formula, blankets, nappies, cereals and toiletries.

To get in contact with the home, send an email to: firdosem@cwdd.org.za.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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