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Vryheid’s-Lust fire displaces security guard and children

Beverly Semple and her two sons who are now displaced as a result of the fire

Vryheid's-Lust fire displaces security guard and children
scorched clothing and other items in the bedroom where the fire started

A security Guard who is attached to the United States Embassy and her two sons have been displaced as a result of a late afternoon fire in Vryheid’s-Lust when the apartment in which they lived was gutted.

Speaking with BIG Smith News Watch at the location on Saturday, Beverly Semple was in a vehicle heading home when she received a call that her apartment was on fire.

Beverly and several other families share a multi-occupancy building which is divided into several housing apartments at South Vryheid’s-Lust.

“I was coming up in a bus and my friends they called me and told me that my house was on fire so when I came I saw everyone was assisting, neighbors and everybody else came, broke the window and tried to see what they can save but they said the smoke was too much so they were unable to save anything.” The woman who is now pondering her next moves related to BIG Smith News Watch.

Vryheid's-Lust fire displaces security guard and children
Persons tried to gain entry through this window leading the bedroom but the smoke was too much

Beverly indicated that everything is usually plugged out before she leaves her home for work. She indicated that the fridge is also unplugged each day that she leaves the home. There was no one at home at the time of the fire.

From impressions in the building and based on what the woman and those who responded; the fire started in her bedroom. In there she has a television, this publication was told by the woman that the fire may have started from the point on the wall but maintained that there was nothing plugged in there.

During our visit on Saturday to the scene, items that were scorched were being removed from the apartment. Due to the efforts of the Fire Service to contain the fire, there was also extensive water damage to the items of at least one family who lives in an upper apartment.

Vryheid's-Lust fire displaces security guard and children
The apartment building which houses several other families

Ms. Semple told BIG Smith News Watch that she has lost everything in the fire, she has been living at the location for more than eight years now.

Anyone who is desirous of assisting the woman and her children to pick up the pieces can contact Beverly Semple on telephone number 691 5675

Leroy Smith Editor
The BIG Smith News Watch is an online news outlet. Formerly BIG Smith Crime, the brand has been reconfigured to cover general news stories.
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Leroy Smith Editor
The BIG Smith News Watch is an online news outlet. Formerly BIG Smith Crime, the brand has been reconfigured to cover general news stories.