Fourteen year old Thembi Ntipa, who attended Kimberley Girls High School, died in a house fire in Monument Heights on Friday.
When members of the emergency services and the local neighbourhood watch arrived on the scene, the fire was already too intense to enter the building. After the fire was extinguished, the body of the girl was found in a corridor in the house.
The girl’s mother, a 12 year old girl and a 9 year old boy managed to escape the fire and were seen sitting outside wrapped in blankets while the fire was ablaze. One of the children was later taken to hospital and treated for slight injuries and bruises. The teenager’s mother refused to leave the scene until her daughter’s body was brought out of the house.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and an investigation by authorities is under way.
The incident occurred at around 23:00 on Friday Night, 31/07/2015.
Anyone who is able to assist with items such as bedding or groceries can contact Conrad Pretorius of Kimberley Noodlyn on 060 721 0623 “Conrad Pretorius: Ek is by die familie en ja groceries, beddegoed en hier is 3 kinders 1 dogtertjie 12 jaar klein gebou, seun 9 ook klein en n dogtertjie 3. Asb julle. Dit is kort kennisgewing maar kom ons kyk en maak n verskil”
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